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What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and who wrote them? Archaeologist Guy Steibel takes us inside one of the caves where they were found.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of religious writings, or “texts,” by a community of ancient Jews called Essenes who were contemporaries of Jesus.
- Scholars have dated the scrolls and scroll fragments between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls prove that the OT has been faithfully translated down to us since the time of Christ.
People today can trust that they are reading the OT Jesus taught from.
See Also: Apologetics, Church History, Investigating Faith, Old Testament
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Who were the Essenes and why does it matter?
- What do the scrolls prove? What don’t the scrolls prove? Why does it matter?
- What other archaeological or historical findings that you know of have proven the Bible to be trustworthy?
- Have you ever encountered a biblical text or a skeptical argument that has caused you to doubt the Bible? Explain.
- “When we encounter a difficult text or teaching in the Bible, we should give the Bible the benefit of the doubt and trust there is a sufficient response to the difficult topic.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
- If you were to prove to a skeptic beyond a shadow of a doubt that the biblical accounts have been faithfully transmitted over time, would that skeptic still need faith to follow God? Why or why not?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This topic is adapted from the PhD TV YouTube channel.