When the King James Bible was written in the 1600's there were just a few ancient scrolls to refer to. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 changed that. There are thousands of scrolls in Hebrew and Aramaic. There are 3 types of scrolls. 1) Copies of books from the old testament, such as two almost complete Isaiah scrolls. 2) Copies of books that are usually part of the Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 3) Things aren't considered religious books, such as a book of rules called "The Manual of Discipline," a book that is an allegory about war between the angles of light and the angels of darkness, some devotional poems called the Thanksgiving Psalms, a scroll about temple rituals, and a commentary about Habakkuk. My initial gut reaction to this discovery was that it was amazing, and wonderful and I was thrilled. Now - I'm fuzzy on it. I read the "scholars" say this is probably the library of a sect of Jews called the Essene. They were neither Pharisees or Sadducees and they taught many of the things Christ taught..... And that's where I start to get nervous about the world's reaction. When I first heard about these scrolls and this theory, it was presented almost as proof of the existence of Christ. That's changed. Today, a quick look into the topic seems to paint Christ as the leader of a Jewish-fringe-cult, and starts to sound dangerously like trying to discredit Christ. When I was young, every few people had been allowed near the scrolls. Now, I assume, seminaries are able to tell kids about them. I'm curious about anyone's opinion, but most especially about you men who have been through seminary or done college-level-studies in Bible History since the translation of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What's God telling you about them?