MembersTranslation – Part II

It was in 1947—the year before the State of Israel was constituted—that the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered, in the caves of Qumran.

By Dov Chaikin & Ryan Jones |
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS point to the authenticity of biblical texts

This treasure trove consisted, inter alia, of fragments of different books of the Tanakh [the ‘Old Testament’], except for Esther—and one complete scroll: the book of Isaiah. {The manner in which this scroll had been copied, as demonstrated in the facsimile on display in the Shrine of the Book (next to the Israel Museum), would appear to refute the concept of Deutero-Isaiah.}


Comparison of the Qumran scroll with the Isaiah of the Masoretic Text (MT), shows only very minor differences (scribal errors?) between the two, giving credence to the MT being the textus receptus. This poses the question of, how reliable is the Septuagint (the LXX), the Greek translation of the Tanakh traditionally commenced in Alexandria ca. 250 BC, which demonstrates no few differences with the MT—and on which modern translations seem to rely to quite some extent. It is not...

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