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Confusion for me

I encountered an argument (using that word pretty loosely) supposedly countering the idea that the Bible isn’t particularly trustworthy today that I’ve never seen:

How can you be so sure the Bible is just a myth – there are many evidences that can be seen and read – if you read Greek and Latin. What about the Dead Sea Scrolls?

I have to admit, I can’t really follow the argument here. The Dead Sea Scrolls are very important, but they don’t really have any bearing on the truth of the Old Testament.

Because I enjoy this sort of thing, I’m going to quote one of the writings from the Dead Sea Scrolls:

It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children. Then their leader Samyaza said to them; I fear that you may perhaps be indisposed to the performance of this enterprise; And that I alone shall suffer for so grievous a crime. But they answered him and said; We all swear; And bind ourselves by mutual execrations, that we will not change our intention, but execute our projected undertaking. Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon. That mountain therefore was called Armon, because they had sworn upon it, and bound themselves by mutual execrations. These are the names of their chiefs: Samyaza, who was their leader, Urakabarameel, Akibeel, Tamiel, Ramuel, Danel, Azkeel, Saraknyal, Asael, Armers, Batraal, Anane, Zavebe, Samsaveel, Ertael, Turel, Yomyael, Arazyal. These were the prefects of the two hundred angels, and the remainder were all with them. Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees. And the women conceiving brought forth giants, Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; And began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood. Then the earth reproved the unrighteous.

I’m cheating a little, since this is from the Book of Enoch, which we know from other sources, and this section of it is found in fragments in the DSS. Still, it’s a fun story, taking place before the flood and is possibly an attempt to explain how the world was so terrible that God needed to wipe out everything. There’s more about the book here and here.

Categories: Religion
  1. ben
    January 11, 2006 at 10:46 am

    Funny, I didn’t know that the Dead Sea Scrolls were written in Greek or Latin, and that might just be because they aren’t.

  2. January 11, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Well, I don’t think she necessarily means the DSS were written in Greek and Latin. It may be those other “evidences” she was referring to, though they don’t really exist.

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