Portion of Dead Sea Scrolls
The story of how the Israelites developed as a people is found in
the first five books of the Bible or Torah. The Torah
contains the basic laws of the Jewish religion and traces the history
of the Israelites through the 1200s B.C.
The Hebrew Bible is the largest and most varied
collection of literature from the ancient world. It contains
nearly two thousand years of writings, ranging from stories to
law codes to collections of poetry and prose.
The Hebrew Bible is made up of three major sections.
The first section of the Hebrew Bible contains the legends of
the first Hebrews, the tradition of the exodus from Egypt
and the many laws and teachings that make up the convenant (or agreement)
between God and the Israelites. The second section is the Prophets.
This section contains the history of Israel from the settlement period
to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. It is also
filled with the poetic and powerful teachings of the prophets.
The Writings is the last part of the Hebrew Bible. It contains
wise sayings, poetry and philosophy.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a young shepherd.
These were copies of portions of the Hebrew Bible written around the
year 100 B.C. Would you like to take a tour of
the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered?
Portion of Hebrew Bible