6 Myths About the Dead Sea Scrolls


In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled into the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. He and his cousin found seven scrolls containing ancient Scripture in a cave in Qumran, near the Dead Sea.

Since that fateful day, archaeologists have discovered tens of thousands of scroll fragments and have carefully reassembled them. But the work took decades (some would say decades longer than it should have), and during that time only ...

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Why Bible Translation Is More Difficult than You Realize

Discussions about Bible translations often reveal a faulty understanding of the work of a translator. Translating isn’t just taking a sentence in one language and exchanging each word for another language’s equivalent.

More than exchanging words from one language into another, translators need to overcome language barriers on behalf of new-language recipients. They are building a bridge that new readers can cross ...

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We Were Made for Community

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

In our individualistic society, many of us often feel alone. Sometimes we are actually alone; at other times we simply feel lonely. Some of us, conditioned by our culture, believe we are better off by ourselves and think we ...

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What Does It Mean to “Apply the Word of God?”

Apply the Word

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. — Joshua 1:8

The Author of Scripture “created [your] inmost being” (Psalm 139:13). He designed every aspect of you, so he knows what will—and won’t—help you. He knows what will fill your deepest needs. ...

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How God Honored Mary’s Faithfulness

All four gospels describe a group of women who were devoted to special ministries to the Savior. These women served, supported and even traveled in order to prepare the way for Jesus and the Twelve. Mary, the mother of James, the younger and Joseph, was one of these women. In fact, she was one of the few followers (mostly women) who ...

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Community Laments in the Ancient Near East

Most of the psalms in the Old Testament are prayers of an individual or prayers offered on behalf of an individual. However, many are hymns calling the congregation to praise, and a number record prayer for a community that is suffering or in distress. This last group is called “community laments” Some examples include Psalm 44; 60; 74; 79; ...

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Promises to the Meek

History is filled with stories where it appears that those who do evil prosper while righteous and God-loving people suffer without cause. In Psalm 37, troubled people find the encouraging reminder that wrongdoers will not endure forever, and that “the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity” (verse 11). Hundreds of years later, Jesus made a ...

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4 Ways to Get Wisdom

Wisdom is a capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon encourages us to “get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:5). He says those who get wisdom love life (see 19:8); that it’s better to get wisdom than gold (see 16:16); and that those who get wisdom find life and receive ...

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Why a Good God Allows Suffering
by Randy Alcorn

Romans 8:28 tells us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Yet it is hard to believe lines like this when we witness baffling, horrific events. The primary Old Testament illustration of Romans 8:28 is Genesis 50:20. In that story, Joseph’s brothers betray him ...

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