See part 1 for an overview of this fun series and part 2 for a free sample letter you can download for your child. Here is the first free printable article that I did for my Compassion kids in this exciting and fun apologetics adventure series. All about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this theme is designed to teach our children that they can ABSOLUTELY trust God’s Word!
THE SECRET OF THE MISSING SCROLLS ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
This free printable article is available in English or French. Use this easy tutorial as a guide to adding photos and add your own creative touch. Scroll down this post for photo suggestions as well as the original article text.
– Khirbet Qumran Caves
– Entrance to one of the Qumran caves
– Original pottery jars (complete with cracks) (click on the photo to see the slide show – and it’s photo 3)
– An original pottery jar (complete with cracks)
– Dead Sea Scrolls
– A smaller scroll
– The Great Isaiah scroll (could this be the scroll that the Lord Jesus read from when He began His ministry?!)
– Scroll fragments (Google)
– Scrolls; the caves; cave entrance + Qumran (Google)
– Essenes scribes hard at work
– The actual Bedouin Goatherds claimed with the discovery + aerial shot of Qumran + interesting information from the Israel Antiquities Authority
– Painting of ‘boy’ discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls
– Map of where the scrolls were found
– More photos of Qumran
– Qumran Caves
– Ancient scrolls meet Google and modern technology
– Photo of the Dead Sea, Qumran Did you know that you can FLOAT on the Dead Sea and even read a book?! :o
LAMINATE + SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I laminate my articles before sending them to my kids to keep them looking nice. For this series, I laminated both articles back to back in the one laminating sleeve. I also sent an extra copy for my child’s Compassion teacher, with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT ENGLISH or FRENCH speaking, I also send it to them but make sure I INCLUDE ALL TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. (Note: this may no longer be necessary with the new Compassion guidelines, but I will leave that up to you to decide). Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text below.
THE SECRET OF THE MISSING SCROLLS (ARTICLE TEXT)
The Bible is the Word of God. It is THE most powerful book that has ever been written. Have you ever wondered how we got the Bible? Did you know that the first parts of the Bible were written by hand, in Hebrew? Any copies also had to be handwritten. Over time, it was also translated into different languages. Imagine how long it took! The writers—they were called scribes—had to make sure every tiny detail of God’s Word was accurate. Everything was carefully checked. It was a very important job.
[On a totally random side note, not included in the article: I guess that’s why they seemed to get a bit too big for their boots at times. :o Okay, back to the text…]
The Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden for 2,000 years. In 1947, a shepherd discovered a cave high up on a cliff near Khirbet Qumran on the Dead Sea. Inside, he found some clay pots with ancient scrolls in them. He was disappointed. He was hoping to find a very great treasure. Ultimately, 950 scrolls were found in 11 different caves. They were called the Dead Sea Scrolls. They included the earliest copies of the Hebrew Old Testament that we have. They had been hiding there about 2,000 years. It was a very great treasure. The greatest archaeological treasure of the century. The parchments were so old, many were falling to pieces and in tiny fragments. Scholars from museums and universities took photos of the fragments using powerful cameras originally made for NASA. It is the ultimate jigsaw puzzle. They are still trying to fit the fragments together today!
One of the scrolls was a copy of the Old Testament book of Isaiah written about 125BC. The original book was written about 750BC. The earliest copy we had was from the 10th century. Naturally, everyone was curious to see how the two copies would compare. We all know how easily a story can change when it is passed around. And the Bible was passed around a lot. It went to three different continents and was copied many times. Was it still accurate? To everyone’s astonishment, the two copies—which were written 1000 years apart—were almost identical. All vital content remained the same. God had made sure that His Word could be trusted!
And most importantly, when you write to your Compassion child about this exciting discovery, don’t forget to tell them about the author, the One behind the Dead Sea Scrolls… :)
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS (not necessary for this package, but just for your own personal interest… fascinating reading)
Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library (Leon Levy Collection) at the Israel Antiquities Authority Jerusalem
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Shrine of the Book where the actual physical scrolls are kept at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Does archaeology support the Bible? (Answers in Genesis)
Google meets Qumran – Times of Israel.com – Dead Sea Scrolls describing the ultimate treasure hunt to piece together and photograph thousands of fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls – God’s Word – and put them online so that everyone can see them for themselves. Written 2,000 years ago and first discovered at Qumran on the Dead Sea in 1947. These high-resolution images of 950 different manuscripts are made using special imaging equipment first developed for NASA. The hi-tech cameras have made visible sections of parchment that were previously indecipherable.
Discover the location of the most important Biblical discovery ever made check out this cool drone footage over Qumran (3 mins); Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947-1956, extensive excavations have taken place in Qumran. Nearly 900 scrolls were discovered. Most were written on parchment and some on papyrus. Cisterns, Jewish ritual baths, and cemeteries have been found, along with a dining or assembly room and debris from an upper story alleged by some to have been a scriptorium as well as pottery kilns and a tower.
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