The secret was hidden for centuries in silent caves. The words confirmed or
denied what many held to be their dearest truths. Scrolls, stored in clay jars, had
not decayed because of the dry, desert climate. For centuries the words stood as a
tribute to one viewpoint or another until a shepherd boy stumbled on them looking
for a lost animal.
Eventually, the scrolls found their way into the hands of ancient Hebrew
scholars and were labeled the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Old Testament of the Bible
was up for the closest scrutiny. Would the ancient texts confirm or deny what
many based their faith on?
After careful scrutiny the scholars found parts or much of all the books of the
Old Testament except for Esther. The only difference between the biblical texts of
the Old Testament studied today and the Dead Sea Scrolls were a few minor
grammatical markers. After two thousand years the meticulous and exacting
nature of the Hebrew scribes was confirmed. Skeptics and critics who analyze the
Dead Sea Scrolls with any degree of impartiality almost have to come to the same