The simple outline:
Dead Sea Scrolls
Items to layout on the first table
Items to layout on the second table
1. Pentateuch scroll (unopened)
A. In Luke 4:16-30 Jesus unrolled the scroll of Isaiah and read from it. He said he fulfilled the prophecy “’The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ “Luke 4:18-19
2. Dead Sea with Sea of Galilee above and Jordan River
A. Show Satellite photo, the one in exhibit book, and the one on the next page.
B. Mediterranean Sea to left and Sea of Galilee on top. Jordon River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. The Jordan River is where Jesus was baptized. (MT 3:13)
C. Note that water goes into the Dead Sea but nothing comes out. It is dead just as we are dead when we take, take, take and don’t give out.
D. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at 1,349 feet below sea level. We are at our lowest when we just want, want, want and don’t give.
E. The Dead Sea has ten times as much salt as the ocean. You can actually sit in the water and float!
F. Remember Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt when she turned back to look at sin. Genesis 19:26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. She was dead just like this salty sea.
Some scholars believe that Jesus wasn’t born in a barn, which was popular for animals in what we now call Europe. Caves were very popular for animals in Bethlehem.
3. Lost Goat
A. A shepherd boy lost a goat in 1947. (Show the picture.)
B. Remember that the Jewish high priest on the Day of Atonement put his hands on a goat and symbolically put the sins of his people and sent him off into the desert with a man to look after it?
Leviticus 16: 21-22 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert.
Matthew 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
Matthew 25: 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
D. To summarize.
1. We are at the lowest place on earth.
2. The sea is considered dead
3. The goat was the animal to take the sins of the Israelites
4. The goat was lost
5. The boy was looking in a dark cave
6. Jesus may have been born in a cave. He was buried in a hand made tomb,
which one could say is similar to a cave.
4. Shepherd boy throws rock into cave to scare the goat
A. He was in the area around the Dead Sea where there are lots of caves
B. He threw a rock into cave to scare out his goat
C. He threw the rock and he heard something shatter
D. Rocks don’t shatter so what was it?
E. Throw rubber rock against the wall
F. He heard something shatter
G. He entered the dark cave and saw pottery that had broken
5. Shepherd boy discovers clay pot in cave
A. Show replica of clay jar on table
B. He saw the scrolls there
C. He found SEVEN scrolls in that cave. SEVEN represents perfection in the
6. 6. Replica of clay pot, Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, with Dead Sea Scroll bag
A. Show Replica of clay pot, Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, bag
B. These are smaller than actual full sized scrolls but larger than many fragments
that you’ll see were found.
7. Crystal clear Bible paperweight (actually a scroll weight!)
A. Show Crystal clear Bible on top of fragment
B. This shows that today’s Bible is clearly from the scrolls.
What were the scrolls made out of?
8. Picture of goatskin (one of skins used for scrolls)
A. Animal skin scrolls are generally made from goats, sheep, or calves.
B. This is how it starts after removing the skin.
C. Show goatskin picture
9. Picture of papyrus plant
A. Some scrolls were on papyrus which is from a plant
B. Show picture of papyrus plant
A. One scroll was found that was made out of copper.
B. It listed 64 underground hiding places throughout the land of Israel where there
was treasure hidden that was taken from the temple to be saved from the Roman
C. Show picture of copper scroll cut in half
D. Show copper scroll and promise to open it later at end of presentation
Summary of the three types of scrolls:
1. Goatskin, sheep skin, calf skin (ANIMAL)
2. Papyrus (PLANT)
3. Copper (MINERAL)
4. It is no coincidence that God gave the wisdom to mankind
to utilize the ground, what grows in it, and what runs on top
11. Magnifying glass
A. Show magnifying glass
B. Scholars closely looked at all the scrolls and fragments and try to figure out the
most enormous most important puzzle of all of history!
12. Picture of puzzles
A. Show picture of puzzles
A. Show microscope
B. Scholars used microscopes, far, far more powerful than this
A. Show micrometer
B. Scholars used micrometers to measure the thickness of the scroll.
Scholars used many methods to determine the age of
2. Paleographic - The study and scholarly interpretation of
earlier, especially ancient, writing and forms of writing.
4. Carbon-14 dating – Only works on items that at one time lived like plants or animals. Must be VERY careful with interpretation. The atomic bomb has had a great impact.
Scholars determined that the scrolls were from roughly
250BC to 68AD!!! They were written BEFORE Jesus
came and some were written after Jesus had left!!!
15. Picture of outside and inside of The Shrine of The Book, Jerusalem
A. Show two pictures
B. This is now where the oldest version of Isaiah scroll is. This is sometimes
referred to the fifth Gospel as there is so much prophecy about Jesus.
16. Calendar (to show how old – ¼” x 2,300 years = 575 inches = 48 feet tall
A. Show calendar picture. If we had one for each year they would be 48 Feet tall!
17. Jesus in the manger
A. Show picture of Jesus in manger
B. The Old Testament predicted Jesus’ birth
18. Jesus and the fish
A. Show Jesus Fish
B. The Old Testament predicted so much about his life
19. The Olive Wood Cross
A. Show Olive Wood Cross
B. The Old Testament predicted in great detail His death
C. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe because WE had a debt that
WE could not pay!
20. The empty tomb
A. Show pictures of empty tomb
B. The Old Testament predicted His resurrection.
C. No other false god or false prophet like Buddha or Mohamed has an empty
tomb. Their body remains there or rotted away.
21. All the Bibles should be placed near the right end of the second table
22.The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew/Greek/English Bible
A. Show and open Bible
B. Literal translation with English on one side and Hebrew on another for the Old
C. One reads from the left to the right in Hebrew
D. James Strong developed a numbering scheme for each unique word in the
Bible. In this translation one can see the Strong number for each word of the
E. The New Testament is in Greek and that is read from left to right.
F. Both Hebrew and Greek letters also function as numbers whereas in English
we have letters and numbers.
G. This Hebrew Old Testament from 1985 matches word for word. The Old
Testament‘s text that Jesus had is the SAME as we have.
H. See page number 975-976. Jesus quoted so much from the Old Testament. In
the Gospel of John, Jesus quoted the Old Testament in 49% of what he spoke!
Matthew was 14%. Mark was 13%. Luke was 7%.
23.The Interlinear Strong’s concordance
A. Show and open Strong’s concordance
B. One can see the Strong numbers for each word.
C. One can see a dictionary for each Hebrew/Greek word.
24. BIBLE = Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth
25. King James Bible (first published in 1611)
A. Show Bible and note “HOLY”
B. One of “holy” definition is separated.
C. The Bible is like NO other book. There is the Bible and the other books are
relative garbage, rubbish.
26. Paper bag with all other religious documents that prophesy (NONE!)
A. Show paper bag and then pop it! – NONE!.
B. All the other religions require us to do an do. Some could say it is “DoDo” and
they would be correct.
C. The prophet Isaiah said:
13 “So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do and do, do and
do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there—…)
D. We are under the GRACE of God. That is God’s Rath At Christ’s Expense.
27. NIV Translation (first published 1973)
A. Show NIV translation in Jesus book cover with some names of Jesus
B. You will find manifestations of Jesus and prophecies of Jesus in every book of
the Old Testament (39 books).
28. Jesus study Bible (first published 1999) (with Sword as bookmark in it.)
A. Show Jesus Study Bible.
B. Show sword bookmark.
C. Show picture in Bible of hand reaching down
D. Show next page with crown
29. The handheld electronic Bible (1989)
A. Show Franklin handheld with capability of fast look up (drawing your sword)
30. The Message Bible (first published 1993))
A. Show The Message Bible
31. The miniature Bible
A. Show The Miniature Bible
B. Although it is small is has the same enormus power packed message!
32. The big brass key
A. Show the big brass key
B. The Dead Sea Scrolls are key to verifying that the message of God has not
changed over time.
C. It proves that all the skeptics, all the doubters, the ones who say the Bible is a
nice fairy tale are woefully wrong!
D. But just as strong proof that the Bible is real is that all these Christians around
us have had their life do a “180” and turned around and now face God
willingly and with anticipation.
33. Open the copper treasure scroll
A. Open the Copper scroll
B. Jesus is the key to salvation.
Have you accepted him already?
If you haven’t would you like to have a relationship with Him instead of a
religion full of rules upon rules with no way to earn your way to heaven?
34. Show Dead Sea Scroll card that has birth certificate
A. Show Dead Sea Scroll birthday card