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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Twentieth century scholars are all the more baffled by another discovery known as ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls.’ 

These were manuscripts discovered by some Bedouin boys from a cave near western coast of Dead Sea in 1947. 

His Eminence Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the then Metropolitan of Jerusalem, having had the good sense to recognize that hitherto unknown manuscripts in Hebrew language from an uninhabited area would be of immense importance and acquired them. 

He made frantic efforts to get them deciphered and having failed to get help from the home and neighboring governments, persisted in the teeth of discouragement, and finally brought the scrolls to United States and succeeded in his attempt. 

Some of the scrolls were found to be prophesies of Isaiah and Daniel, The book of Jubilee, The Book of Enoch, The Testament of twelve Patriarchs, The Assumption of Mosses, The Book of Lamech and Psalms which are not found in the present day Bible. 

A major portion of the manuscripts is still under study. Experts construe it, “Most startling discoveries of our times.” and, “A missing chapter of Bible.” (Fonta Book Publication, by Edmund Wilson). These elucidations suffice to bring home the fact that the ‘perfect Bible’ is neither 66 books nor 73 books. 

I also uphold that no canon ever restricted, inferred or imputed to deem that the Holy Bible should have only 66 or 73 books. The Holy Synod of the Universal Church, under the authority of Holy Spirit has the power to add to it.

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