Its Miraculous Preservation

Why Believe the Bible?

The Bible has had the fiercest of enemies. During the dark Middle Ages, it was unwittingly preserved by its enemies. It has been ridiculed, falsified,

Dead Sea Scroll & Jar
denounced, and burned. Its advocates have been persecuted and tortured, to say nothing of the abuse it has suffered in the hands of intellectuals. Yet today, this two thousand year old book still tops the best seller list year after year, and has been translated into nearly every written language known.
A Complete Isaiah Scroll found in one of the caves is 24 feet long an dates to ca. 200 BC

Why? Because its Author intended that it should be available to those who would seek to learn His knowledge.

One dramatic evidence of its preservation is in the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in a number of caves in the wilderness of Judea between 1947 and the mid 1960s. These caves, occupied by the Essenes in the time of Jesus, produced tens of thousands of fragments of ancient books, including about 100 biblical manuscripts that represent the entire Old Testament except the book of Esther. A full copy of Isaiah was found dating to the second century BC, the oldest copy of a book of the Hebrew Bible known to exist. The Essenes’ documents were produced between 200 BC and 50 AD.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls pushed back the dates of existing manuscripts by about a thousand years, yet their text has been found to be 99% identical to later copies used for our common translations—a testimony to the carefulness and skill of the copyists.

In 1947, this, the first of a number of caves that contained scrolls, many preserved in clay jars, was discovered.