Oldest Bible Text since Dead Sea Scrolls Deciphered
Carrie Dedrick Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jul 21
Archaeologists in Israel have claimed to decipher writing on a 1,500-year-old piece of parchment, the oldest biblical text since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Charisma News reports the archaeologists were able to interpret the writing through digital imaging and advanced technology. Though the parchment was found 45 years ago, technology was not able to decipher the script until now.
Israel Antiquities Authority curator Pnina Shor said, "This is a really big discovery. After the Dead Sea Scrolls, this has been the most significant find of an ancient Bible.”
The parchment was reportedly discovered at Ein Gedi in 1970. Sefi Porat, who co-directed the dig, said the scroll is dated around the year 600; it was uncovered inside the remains of a synagogue.
Publication date: July 21, 2015