Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cave of Horror

Part of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets scroll, written in Greek.
Shai Halevi, IAA

March 2021, Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA): It has been 60 years since there have been archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Research in the Judean Desert has unearthed Greek translations of the Bible prophets Nahum and Zechariah.

The scroll was found in the “Cave of Horror”. The cave got its name when discovered in the 1950’s. There were skeletons from over 40 people found in the cave. The cavern is tucked away 80 meters below the top of the ridge.

Other finds include a woven basket with a lid. Archaeologists estimate the basket to be over 10,500 years old per carbon dating provided by Professor Elisabetta Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. The basket has a volume of up to 100 liters.

Cache of Bar Kokhba coins as found.
Ofer Sion, IAA

A mummified child was discovered. Data suggests the child was aged from 6 to 12 years in age and lived approximately 6,000 years ago.

Coins from the Bar Kochba revolt were found. This historic event occurred in 133 to 135 A.D. Other artifacts from the same era included: arrow and spear tips, woven fabric, sandals, and lice combs.

For those interested in more detail, click on the link below.

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israel-finds-new-dead-sea-scroll-first-such-discovery-in-60-years-1.9621317

Archaeologists and journalists are intrigued and excited about the material finds in the cave. However, not much has been written about the message of the Scripture discovered.

Granted, critics and naysayers would disagree. But, these are two passages from two prophets. A prophet or a nabi in the Hebrew is a spokesman or a speaker on behalf of God. These prophets are delivering instructions and a warning to us in the 21st century.

Zechariah penned these verses about 2,500 years ago.

Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD.

Nahum wrote these words about 2,680 years ago.

Nahum 1:5-6 The mountains quake before Him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before Him, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the heat of His anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by Him.

For those who are willing to read one more verse in Nahum.

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Are these verses for our world today and a message from God? So what do you think? God’s providential timing or mere chance and coincidence?

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