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The story of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 is told, and their significance in confirming the accuracy of the transmission of the Biblical text over thousands of years is explained.
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16 January 2004

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used to explore pupils' experience of passing on a message by word of mouth (for example, Chinese whispers) and the difficulty of preventing changes. Point out the importance of written records, explaining the care that was taken to copy the texts of the Bible accurately. The Dead Sea Scrolls are hundreds of years older than any other text of the Bible we have found, yet the words are remarkably similar.

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