The Silver Scrolls (Ketef Hinnom Inscriptions)

"In a 1979 excavation of a burial tomb near Jerusalem, an amazing discovery occurred. On two small silver scrolls the “priestly blessing” of Numbers chapter 6 was inscribed, dating to the 6th Century B.C—the earliest known copies of the biblical text!

Scholars worked three years just to unroll the larger of the scrolls. Even then, it was an arduous process to decipher the characters. But the first word discovered was YHWH—the name of the LORD in the Hebrew Bible. Until this time, no other inscriptions had been discovered in Jerusalem containing the name of God!

Why so significant?

Because their subsequent study by biblical scholars help us to understand about the importance of these artifacts to the historical time-frame of biblical texts—and accuracy in transmission!

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