Give me a Reason To Believe: Evidence Through Manuscripts | 39 min

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Some universities and skeptics teach that the Old Testament is not accurate due to the Hebrew nation not having a written alphabet or being capable of writing things down until after the Babylonian captivity (425 B.C.)  They teach that everything was handed down by oral tradition until the Persian Empire, when it was written. This is false!

Mt. Ebal Curse Amulet

Photo by Michael C. Luddeni. Read more about this discovery at: https://biblearchaeology.org/current-events-list/4896-abr-researchers-discover-the-oldest-known-proto-hebrew-inscription-ever-found

Discovered this year, is a lead amulet inscribed with God’s name on lead. It includes curses for not following YHW as is told in Joshua 8:30-35. The Hebrew nation at the time of Moses had a written language in 1450-1400 B.C.

Qeiyafa Inscription

Discovered in 2008, it records Israel obtaining its first King and no longer ruled by Judges as in I Samuel 9.  It dates to 1050 B.C.

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Silver Scrolls

CLICK TO ENLARGE. Silver Scrolls hosted by the Associates for Biblical Research. Read more about the discovery: https://biblearchaeology.org/research/topics/amazing-discoveries-in-biblical-archaeology/3567-the-blessing-of-the-silver-scrolls

Discovered in 1979 outside of Jerusalem, they are two scrolls made of silver and inscribed with Numbers 6:24-26 exactly as read today!  They date back to 700 B.C.

Lachish Letters

Lachish Letters hosted by the British Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Discovered in 1935, they are letters, some mentioning Jeremiah before the battle of Lachish by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C.

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Book of Isaiah – Dead Sea Scrolls photographed by Ardon Bar Hama, – Website of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, see link., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12149044 . Read more about this discovery: https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/learn-about-the-scrolls/introduction

First discovered in 1947, hundreds of copies of books, letters, including many copies of the Old Testament. Dating from 250-150 B.C., the Bible books are the same as we have in Bible today. Only the spelling of names and places is different. 

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P52 Manuscript

Scan hosted by The Center For The Study Of New Testament Manuscripts. View enlargement: https://manuscripts.csntm.org/manuscript/View/GA_P52

Dating from around 100 A.D., it is an exact copy of John 18:31-33.

P39 Manuscript

CLICK TO ENLARGE. Scan hosted by The Center For The Study Of New Testament Manuscripts. View enlargement:  https://manuscripts.csntm.org/manuscript/Group/GA_P39

Dating around 150 A.D., it is an exact copy of John 8.

P46 Manuscripts

Manuscript from the book of Romans. Scan hosted by The Center For The Study Of New Testament Manuscripts. View enlargement: https://manuscripts.csntm.org/manuscript/View/GA_P46_Mich

Dating around 175 A.D., contains most of the books of the New Testament in nearly perfect translation.

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Ein Gedi Scroll

Photographed by Israel Antiquities Authority שי הלוי – Israel Antiquities Authority רשות העתיקות של ישראל, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41750882. Read more about this discovery: https://www.antiquities.org.il/article_eng.aspx?sec_id=25&subj_id=240&id=4134

Dating around 200 A.D., it is an exact copy of the Book of Leviticus found in our Bibles today. Even the paragraph spacing is the same as in NASB.

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