Thideology Research Team: Case File 009

FORT WORTH, TexasSouthwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in no partnership with the Thideology™ Research Team, is hosting an exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The exhibition, which opens today, will run through January 13, 2013 at the main campus of the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We are extremely excited about this exhibition,” said a researcher for the Thideology Research Team. “Of all the projects in which we are not partners, this one is the one we are most proud of.”

Dating back as far as 2,250 years, the Dead Sea Scrolls include thousands of fragments of approximately 300 biblical manuscripts representing every book in the Hebrew Bible (except Esther), and are more than 1,000 years older than any previously known complete copies.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered by Bedouin herders in 1947, in caves near Khirbet Qumran by the Dead Sea in Israel.

“I totally get that, now,” said the researcher from the Thideology Research Team. “The scrolls are called the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ because they were found near the Dead Sea. Cool.”

By 1956, a total of 11 caves had been found near Qumran and a number of other caves nearby. Pieced together, the fragments made up more than 1,350 separate scrolls, including biblical texts, hymns, prayers and other writings, providing a glimpse into the time of the Second Temple.

More information about the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and how to purchase tickets is available at

“I am SO going to this,” said another member of the Thideology Research Team. “It will make me feel like I’m a part of this incredible event — which, of course, I’m not.”


About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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