Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

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Dr. Patton is the staff Geologist for the Qumran Plateu excavation in Israel, the site that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls some 2,000 years ago. These scrolls, perhaps the most significant archeological discovery of all time, have changed the way we view the Bible.

Many have been led to believe that the original text of the Bible has deteriorated over years of copying and recopying. The Dead Sea Schrolls provide a test of that hypothesis, allowing us to compare modern versions with recently discovered manuscripts written over 2,000 years ago.

Dr. Patton will take you to the same scene of the original caves where the scrolls were discovered with one of the Bedouins who made the discovery. This is a fascinating story with eternal implications.

Dr. Patton has a broad educational background; four years at Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL (Bible); two years at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (Geology); two years at Indiana Univ./Purdue Univ., Indianapolis, IN (Geology); two years, Pacific School of Graduate Studies. He has worked as Geologist in US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Cambodia, Israel, and Jordan. Dr. Patton has participated in dinosaur excavations in Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Canada. He is credited with excavating the longest consecutive dinosaur trail in North America, totaling 157 tracks, extending over 500 feet. He is a member of the Geological Society of America and was a speaker at their 1997 annual convention. Dr. Patton lectures at universities across the United States. He has conducted up to twelve Creation/Evolution Seminaries a year for twenty five years. He has participated in numerous public debates on creation/evolution including radio and TV debates. He has testified three times before Texas State Textbook Committee, Austin, TX. Presently, Dr. Patton is consulting geologist & partner in Mazada Corporation, Dallas, TX. He is a staff geologist of the Creation Evidence Museum, Glen Rose, TX, staff geologist for the Qumran Plateau excavation in Israel, an area supervisor at the City of David excavation in Jerusalem and chairman of the Metroplex Institute of Origon Science. He preaches for the Melrose church of Christ in Richardson, Texas.”

 

 

3 thoughts on “Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

  1. I read Randall Price’s “Searching for the Original Bible” a couple years ago. I’ve read McDowell’s “More Evidence That Demands a Verdict” and found Price’s book to be a most excellent look into why we can have confidence in the modern Bible as being a very credible copy of the Autograph.

  2. What level of importance does Randal Price place on the literature discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls which are NOT a part of the canonical scriptures? I have not read any of his books but I am curious…

  3. It’s been a couple years since I’ve read Price’s book, but taking a quick look, he has myriad comments about the Scrolls in different parts of this book. He does not believe there is a case to be made that extra-biblical literature found in the Scrolls mitigates for their inclusion in the cannon of Scripture. He sees these “books” as evidence of people preserving important literature and points his reader to the character of God revealed in Scripture for renewed confidence that He has given us His Word. No secret codes or literature.

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