One of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at Qumran
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The diagram below shows how the words God spoke to individuals were passed down orally before the development of written records and then collected together to form what we now call the OLD TESTAMENT.

Oral Tradition to Written Text

In LUKE 24:44 Jesus himself refers to the Old Testament as comprising The Law, The Prophets and The Psalms (which were included in The Holy Writings, or Hagiographa)

To learn more, go to HOW WE GOT THE CANON.

Isaiah Scroll

Part of The Isaiah Scroll found at Qumran with Isaiah Chapters 52-54 showing
faithful correspondence with the Masoretic text [Image may be copyright]

For more on the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, which show how faithfully the Old Testament writings were transmitted over the centuries, go to DEAD SEA SCROLLS.


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