When history is the topic at hand and mouths yawn, I perfectly understand. After all, I am a teacher and have been exposed to many circumstances that make slumber a viable option for exhausted students. Some topics like history have a tendency to seem boring.
However, there are certain history stories that have so greatly impacted our lives and in my case my faith that they are exhilarating! The Bible is a case in point. This treasured book is the product of historical finds of ancient manuscripts.
Once a shepherd boy or perhaps a goats herder was wondering in the desert region of Qumran. He was trying to round-up any stray animals. That is when he spied a cave.
Naturally, an animal trying to escape the heat and sun may have sought shelter in such a place of refuge. The boy tossed a rock inside to scare any of his animals out. Instead, he heard the crashing sound of broken pottery.
Now, his curiosity got the better of him. He climbed into the cave and saw that his stone had broken a clay vase. Parchment with writing on them were strewn about.
He brought some of these back to his father. They kept them for later use. When they went to a market place they attempted to trade these, barter for items they needed.
The price of these ancient manuscripts of the Bible were ridiculously low. In actuality they were priceless. Someone in the marketplace recognized the intrinsic value of them and got the herdsmen to agree to show them where they were discovered.
This launched one of the largest most productive archeological expeditions in modern times. From this came many other caves. Ultimately, over 900 fragments and manuscripts of the Bible and other historic notations as well we retrieved from these caves.
It was a great find because of the historic significance. Yet, there was more than that. These documents validated the precision of the current Bible translations that were being used in modern times.
The Bible is not only an amazing anthology written over decades by scores of different authors. It is a well-preserved book with an uncanny accuracy that has spanned the ages of civilizations and catastrophic human events. These caves in this desolate part of the world are a major player in this profound validation of the Holy Bible. Not a bad story that all began with a shepherd boy tossing rocks into a cave.
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