photo credit: SHAI HALEVI / ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY

1,900 year old scroll fragments have been discovered in the “Cave of Horrors” by the Israeli Antiquity Authority. The fragments contain a Greek translation of the Hebrew text from Bible book of Zechariah 8:16-17. This is the first discovery since the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the late 1940s.

BIG: This evidence further confirms the broad circulation of the Septuagint (a Greek translation of the Tanakh – Hebrew Bible) created circa 250 BC and adds still more proof the predictions targeting the nations, races, and places of the ancient world are over 2,000 years old.

From the Israel National News:

“The national project of surveying the caves of the Judean Desert and their excavation is undertaken in desert caves and ravines since 2017, by the Israel Antiquities Authority, in cooperation with Staff Officer of the Archaeology Department of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, and funded by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage. Today, its results were first unveiled.

The Dead Sea Scrolls include the earliest known copies of the Biblical Books. As such, they are considered the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.

The scroll fragments, which bear verses from the books of the prophets Zechariah and Nahum and are written in Greek, were retrieved from the Cave of Horror in the Judean Desert reserve’s Nahal Hever by clinging to ropes between heaven and earth. The cave, roughly 80 meters below the cliff top, is flanked by gorges and can only be reached by rappelling precariously down the sheer cliff…”

Well worth a read through the links below. Israel National News is more extensive in coverage. The Jerusalem Post is broader in reach and popular acceptance.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298577

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-finds-2000-yr-old-biblical-manuscripts-662148