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stompk
11-20-2008, 06:41 PM
Have you heard about the Silver Scrolls?

They were found in 1979 by a boy digging in a cave.
They were revealed in 1986

They confirm the prayer given to us in Numbers 6 24-26
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”



In June 1986 archaeologists of Tel Aviv University announced discovery of two small silver amulets. These two silver scrolls were found in 1979 deep inside a burial cave at a site known as Ketef Hinnom, west of the old city of Jerusalem. They were hidden at the back of the tomb embedded in pottery fashioned as early as the seventh century BC.

Seven years later the fragile scrolls were opened and their texts deciphered. The scrolls contain an excerpt from Numbers 6:24-26, also known as the Priestly Benediction. In English the verses read: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” On the scrolls we find the texts:

Amulet 1: concluding benediction (lines 14–19):

“[…] May Yahweh bless you [and] keep you. May Yahweh cause his face to shine [on you] …].”

Amulet 2: benediction (lines 5–12):

“[…] May Yahweh bless you and keep you. May Yahweh cause his face to shine [on] you and give you peace […].”

The location of the find and analysis of the Hebrew on the scroll confirm a date close to 600 BC, perhaps earlier – long before the capture of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile.
The importance of this find can hardly be overstated. It proves this section of Numbers was written at least 2,600 years ago. This Old Testament passage is 400 years older than the oldest Dead Sea Scroll manuscripts, and perhaps even older yet.

Click here to read further (http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Silver-Scrolls,-the-Oldest-Biblical-Texts&id=757479)


Pretty cool, huh.

Theres a short documentary on Nova about them
To watch click on link below and go to video near
bottom of page, called "The Sacred Scrolls"

Watch the Program - PBS (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bible/program.html)

chiefbellwether
12-23-2008, 12:39 PM
Pretty cool, huh.

Awesome find :eek:


The importance of this find can hardly be overstated. It proves this section of Numbers was written at least 2,600 years ago. This Old Testament passage is 400 years older than the oldest Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts and perhaps even older yet.
This makes the silver scrolls the oldest Biblical text confirmed through archaeology. The age of the text may prove a nail in the coffin of the Documentary Hypothesis theories that the Pentateuch was not written by Moses or that it was not even known in Moses’ time. Those theories speculate that large segments of the first five books of the Bible originated in the period of Ezra: 400–500 BC. In this debate, some of the arguments revolve around the use of YHWH, the divine name of God which is said not to have been in use before this time. The silver scrolls, dated before 586 BC, contain that name. In fact, this is the earliest the name had been found in any dig in Jerusalem.