posted on Sep, 7 2019 @ 07:38 AM
a reply to: contextual
Right I believe they are real BUT I also do not believe there was any link between the Essene sect and the followers of the way that later came into
being following the teachings of Jesus.
I believe the Essene sect were simply one of a very great many such sects that arose in the century's under foreign rule that the natives of Judea
had to suffer and that many of these sect's were looking forward to the Messiah coming to save them.
As such they all interpreted the ancient prophecy's including perhaps other now forgotten and lost writing's of ancient Judea including prophetic
visions that are also lost to us today.
And so they converged toward the truth in there own way as perhaps so did many other such sect's, a truth that led toward the coming of Jesus.
So the scroll's are often very real but there is indeed a trade in counterfeit scroll's which arose a long time ago due to the money that poor Arab's
could make by using some old goat skin and forging what appeared to be ancient writing upon them then selling them as far back as the late 1800's and
even perhaps earlier to the already existing then often very wealthy and usually English travelers whom were in affect the tourists of there day often
visiting the holy land and wanting to bring back a memento of there journey, a piece of the holy land.
But once the antiquarian's became interested thing's such as fake relics began to become a lot more lucrative for the back street workshop's and
otherwise formerly very respectable and intelligent merchant's began to get in on the game which made those fakes even better and better.
But as for the dead sea scroll's, the original one's in the hands of the experts that are often in very poor condition and having to be slowly put
back together a tiny fragment at a time, well they are very real but as I say have little or no baring upon Christianity and despite NEW AGE claim's
that have no evidence to back them up any claim they are in any way related to Jesus himself other than that these people WERE looking forward to his
coming is purely conjecture, almost as bad in fact as the idiotic and mindless claims that Jesus lived in Kashmir and studied in Tibet made by some
Perhaps equally interesting to the dead sea scroll's (just as old but from Italy) and with no religious connotations since any made in them are from
dead religions are the archives of scroll's from Herculaneum and Pompeii that despite being essentially just ash in the shape of the scroll's they
once were are now being deciphered using special technology that can pick out the writing on them, not an easy task when they are really just charcoal
and touching them can make them fall into dust - which could then not be deciphered.
This is a case of forensic advancement's and archaeology meeting in perfect synergy.