What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) were a collection of scrolls and scroll fragments found in a cave in Qumran (near the Dead Sea) in 1947.  There were about 1000 leather documents stored in pots inside the cave.  One of the most significant finds of the DSS was a complete scroll of the book of Isaiah, which was dated at the earliest to have been written in 125 B.C.  This is significant because Isaiah has many prophecies about the coming Messiah, his birth, and his death.  This proves that Isaiah accurately prophesied about Jesus before He came to Earth.  The following link shows pictures of the Isaiah scroll that was found (dss.collections.imj.org.il)

Prior to the discovery of these scrolls, the earliest copies in possession dated back to only 1,000 years.  The DSS were dated 1,000 years older than the previous copies, making them about 2,000 years old.  The contents of the scrolls were the same as those written on the previously found scrolls.  This shows that the Bible has been accurately copied and translated for many, many centuries.  What we have today is an accurately translated Bible. More information can be found at http://www.gotquestions.org/dead-sea-scrolls.html

Cave in Qumran where some of the scrolls were found
A piece of the Isaiah Scroll