According to these religious groups, this would explain the contradictions between the Old Testament and their religious teachings.
After years of careful study, it has been concluded that the Dead Sea Scrolls give substantial confirmation that our Old Testament has been accurately preserved.
As I said in my first article on the scroll, ‘Herein lies its chief importance, supporting the fidelity of the Masoretic tradition.'" A significant comparison study was conducted with the Isaiah Scroll written around 100 B. that was found among the Dead Sea documents and the book of Isaiah found in the Masoretic text.
After much research, scholars found that the two texts were practically identical.
Scholars were anxious to confirm that these Dead Sea Scrolls were the most ancient of all Old Testament manuscripts in the Hebrew language. Unlike most of the scrolls that were written on leather or parchment, these were written on copper and provided directions to sixty-four sites around Jerusalem that were said to contain hidden treasure.
Three types of dating tools were used: tools from archaeology, from the study of ancient languages, called paleography and orthography, and the carbon-14 dating method. When all the methods arrive at the same conclusion, there is an increased reliability in the dating. Paleographers studied the style of writing and arrived at dates raging from the third century B. So far, no treasure has been found at the sites that have been investigated.
Khando, thinking the scrolls were written in Syriac, brought them to a Syrian Orthodox Archbishop named Mar (Athanasius) Samuel. Other works included apocryphal books, commentaries, manuals of discipline for the Qumran community, and theological texts.The five percent of variation consisted chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling." Despite the thousand year gap, scholars found the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls to be nearly identical.The Dead Sea Scrolls provide valuable evidence that the Old Testament had been accurately and carefully preserved.Indeed, these were the most ancient Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament ever found, and their contents would yield valuable insights to our understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.The Dead Sea Scrolls play a crucial role in assessing the accurate preservation of the Old Testament.