The are very few discoveries in history as incredible as the dead sea scrolls, collections of nearly 1000 different ancient scrolls found between 1946 and 1957 in small caves only a mile away from the Dead Sea, which is why they are titled so.The Dead Sea scrolls are the earliest known sustained writings that are a part of the Hebrew bible, making them one of the most important historic findings in the world. The scrolls are some of the most influential documents in history, and addressing religious beliefs, and provide a window of sorts into a long ago past, and the language spoken at the time. They also have been instrumental in helping us figure out roughly how old is the bible. The scrolls discovery is fairly recent when you consider time as a whole, and they are one of the most revolutionary discoveries of all time.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are estimated to be as old as 400 BC. The scrolls aren’t just ancient stories written by people who lived near the Dead Sea either, these scrolls contain a range of writing composed in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. They pay homage to each of these cultures and shed light on the dialects each culture wrote in back then, and they also cover a wide range of subjects. There are some parts that are obviously found in the bible, various additional manuscripts relating to the political climate of the time, and a variety of other commentaries. The most notable one is the book of Habakkuk, which is an extensive biblical commentary that speaks of the various Jewish sects that were around before Christ.
Another reason for the cultural significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls is simply legendary. Word of mouth and thousands of years of speculation had built up a variety of theories around the scrolls. Some people believed they were the lost books of the bible, others believe they would hold some answer and clarification to the bible itself, and some believed they were something completely unrelated to the bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls were only that though, speculation, until the mid 1940’s. Imagine finding something so ancient and so infamous, and it wasn’t even that long ago. The Dead Sea Scrolls might not have added much to the bible but its new found writings open our eyes to a world of the past, and also show us snippets of their language back then. It also grants more merit to the Old Testament since it mentioned nearly the exact same details as the Old Testament. In addition, the scrolls boosted the confidence of many believers in the Old Testament.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were not what all people had envisioned them to be, but did secure people’s belief in the Old Testament, and they serve as a great example of how people lived, what many believed in, and the languages they spoke. They also provide a commentary on the religious and political climate thousands of years ago. Without a doubt the Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most impactful discoveries ever, and some of history’s most important writings of all time.