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Dead Sea Scrolls
Earlier today, I read an interesting article on the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the standpoint of legitimizing the Bible. It is a really good article and I encourage you to read it. In the article, there is a picture of Khalil Iskander Shahin, otherwise known as "Kando". I have mentioned him in my post on Qumran, which is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Kando was a cobbler who lived in Bethlehem. In the back of his store, he had a small antiquities shop. He ended up being "the middle man" between the bedouins and the museum curators and scholars at the time.
Today, if you travel to Bethlehem, you can stop in a Kando's. Kando's grandson runs a very nice store which specializes in jewelry, olive wood carvings and of course, antiquities.
While we don't need the Dead Sea Scrolls to believe in the accuracy of the Bible, it is nice to know that there are people like Kando. He recognized the importance of the scrolls which were brought to him and made sure that they were preserved for others to study.
This morning, while visiting Israel, President Obama had the opportunity to visit the Israel Museum. In particular, he visited an area of the museum called "The Shrine of the Book", where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the caves of Qumran and are some of the oldest manuscripts of the Bible. Earlier today, USA Today posted a video of him visiting the site. This video is rather rare in the fact that cameras are normally not allowed in this area. Having been there a couple of times, I've been "reminded" of the rules by the kind museum employees. I guess I'll need to go get myself elected President of the United States if I want my own pictures!