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The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times.
They were discovered between 19 in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.
This is an arid region 13 miles east of Jerusalem and 1,300 feet below sea level.
The virtually intact Isaiah Scroll, which contains some of the most dramatic Messianic prophecy, is 1,000 years older than any previously known copy of Isaiah.
In addition to the biblical manuscripts, there are commentaries on the Hebrew canon, paraphrases that expand on the Torah, community standards and regulations, rules of war, non-canonical psalms, hymnals and sermons.
It is possible to analyze the characteristics of the script itself to come to a rough date of composition, because the form of letters changes over time.
Dr James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries notes that the script of the manuscript has a form of vowel pointing that is not present on the oldest established Qur’an manuscripts—the Paris and London Qur’ans.
The manuscript has not been published in any academic journals, and it is generally considered ‘bad form’ to release a manuscript find to the media before scholars have had a chance to vet it.