Breaking Israel News: “Advanced technology has allowed a rare and ancient Hebrew scroll, found over 40 years ago in the Dead Sea region, to be read despite its charred state, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced. The scroll, found in a Holy Ark in an Ein Gedi synagogue, had been burned about 1,500 years ago.
When the researchers saw the first results, it made for a startling revelation: the scroll contained the first eight verses of Leviticus, making it the earliest Torah writings ever found in the Holy Ark of an ancient synagogue and marking a significant discovery in Biblical archaeology.
“This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed,” Emmanuel Tov, a participant in the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”
Opinion: “Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Once more they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and her cities when I restore their fortresses.” Jeremiah 31:23
After the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, the Jews were dispersed to the four corners of the world in fulfillment of Deuteronomy 28:64 and Hosea 9:17.
Gradually, the Hebrew language got mixed into the languages of the nations where they settled producing hybrid languages, i.e., Yiddish. Hebrew was confined to the synagogues where it was used for Torah readings.
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord.”
Zephaniah 3:9 then speaks to a later age, a time when the Jews would be restored to the land when God would bring back a pure language.
In the 1880’s the Jews began returning to the land in fulfillment of Isaiah 11:11-12; 66:7-8 and Ezekiel 20:34.
The revival of Hebrew as an everyday language began through the efforts of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda when he joined the first Jewish movement to the Holy Land in 1881. Ben-Yehuda developed the tools for making the literary and liturgical language into everyday spoken Hebrew. The movement back to the land became known as the First Aliyah (1882-1903).
The discovery of the burnt scroll is further evidence that neither God nor the language He gave to His chosen ones will ever change.