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.
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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"
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