Ancient Scroll Verifies the Bible
Dear Woodview friends and family,
In 1970, archaeologists discovered an ancient scroll, two-thousand years old. The scroll was discovered in the ruins of a synagogue that had been destroyed by fire so the scroll was severely charred. It was so badly damaged that since 1970 scientists weren't able to do anything with it because any effort to open the scroll would destroy it.
Enter modern technology! Using 3D digital analysis, the technology funded by Google and the U.S. National Science Foundation, they were able to scan the scroll and then send that data to the University of Kentucky to "virtually unwrap" the scroll so it could be read.
To make a long story shorter, they were able to not only see writing, but it was readable! According to Emmanuel Tov from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, what they discovered is that the charred Ein Gedi scroll is "100 percent identical" to the version of the Book of Leviticus that has been in use for centuries in our Bibles. He said, "This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed."
In the world of the Bible, the printing press became usable in the mid 15th-century. Until then the text of the Bible had to be painstakingly copied by hand. And yet, what we discover is that, not only is the Bible the Word of God, but God preserved His Word through the years! Imagine the game of telephone using Leviticus as the content and spanning hundreds and hundreds of years! I doubt that we would expect anything close to the original message. And yet, what we have here is unmistakable evidence that the Bible we hold in our hands and read regularly is God's Word, reliable, and trustworthy.
I am looking forward to this Sunday! We wrap up our series, "6 Keys to Healthy Relationships" by talking about "Giving People What They Need." It will be a great day and I hope you will be here!
Jon B. Stradtner