The Dead Sea Scrolls have it all: drama, intrigue, politics, religion, secrecy, history, prophecy. It's all there, not only in the ancient texts themselves but in the incredible story surrounding them and their impact on the scholarly world today.
But for now, the question is, What do they mean for the rest us?
What they mean to me is that God doesn't ask us to suspend our intellect or reason to believe in Him. God doesn't ask us to trust in the Bible blindly. On the contrary, in an age where the Bible has faced scrutiny regarding it's origin, credibility, and reliability, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the way that they affirm the integrity of the Old Testament text, go a long way in supporting the accuracy of the Hebrew Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls, in many ways, answer probing questions regarding the credibility of the Bible.
Do the Dead Sea Scrolls prove the Bible is the Word of God? I can't say they do. Do the Dead Sea Scrolls even prove the existence of God? I can't say they do. Do the Dead Sea Scrolls prove that the Bible is an accurate portrayal of the ancient history it tells about? I can't say they do.
What I can say, and I can say it most emphatically, is that they prove that the Bible we have today is very much like the Bible that was read thousands of years ago. The concepts expressed by the writers have been preserved for all these years!
And that, to me, is something of a miracle itself.
For The Evidence, I'm Dwight Nelson.