‘In 2000 years this Bible text has not changed’

Thanks to new technology, a charred scroll of the Hebrew text of Leviticus that has been shelved for 50 years has now been read.

The biblical scroll examined in the study was first discovered by archaeologists in 1970 at Ein Gedi, the site of an ancient Jewish community near the Dead Sea. Inside the ancient synagogue’s ark, archaeologists found lumps of scroll fragments.

The synagogue was destroyed in an ancient fire, charring the scrolls. The dry climate of the area kept them preserved, but when archaeologists touched them, the scrolls would begin to disintegrate. So the charred logs were shelved for nearly half a century, with no one knowing what was written inside. via Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

A 3D CT scanner used a “virtual unwrapping” technology to decipher the contents without unrolling the scroll, which was too brittle to open.

Though the AP report is a bit confusing, leading a non-suspecting reader to wonder about changes in the original text, it quotes a scholar as saying that the Hebrew synagogue scroll is “100 percent identical” to the version of Leviticus that has been in use for centuries.

No changes in the text for 2000 years.

The scroll confirms again what was already known and what evidence from places like the Dead Sea Scrolls had already shown, that God has preserved the text of Scripture for all mankind throughout the ages.

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