WEST BANK — Veteran Adventist evangelist Doug Batchelor has made history with the discovery of a new Dead Sea scroll manuscript of the scriptures.
The find happened during the annual caving retreat for Batchelor’s Amazing Facts media ministry.
The event, held in a cave on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea this year, featured a series of guided cave walks, talks and vegetarian cooking classes.
Batchelor reportedly found the scrolls while practicing an ambitious acrobatic sequence for a talent show scheduled for the final night of the retreat.
As he attempted a complicated cartwheel, Batchelor’s right hand touched a piece of parchment.
Curious as to what he had found, Batchelor dusted the parchment off and, seeing the ancient writing, quickly took the parchment to antiquities experts who confirmed that the scroll was a copy of ancient scripture.
Commenting on the find, Batchelor released a written statement to media representatives saying that the discovery “just goes to prove the ‘Amazing Fact’ that cave living is the key to all kinds of discovery.”