Dating of ot books
Up until that time we had known how carefully scribes had passed down the text. But most significant was that an entire manuscript of Isaiah was found dating to circa 75 B. Old Testament scholars were then able to compare this text of Isaiah with the earliest existing copy of Isaiah in the Masoretic text dating to 1008-9 A. And the 5 % of variations consisted of nothing more significant than omitted letters or misspelled words—slips of the pen[iv]. Now you might be wondering why we don’t have more OT documents.
There is cause for continued optimism because only about 10% of the biblical sites in Israel have been excavated.
More than three billion people consider it sacred text.