The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament by George J. Brooke

By George J. Brooke

Brooke illuminates the first-century international shared through the Qumran neighborhood and the writers of the recent testomony. The lifeless Sea Scrolls have supplied outdated testomony students with an immense wealth of knowledge for textual feedback in addition to theology. yet, as Brooke skillfully demonstrates, New testomony students can use the Scrolls to research extra concerning the linguistic, ancient, spiritual, and social contexts of Palestine within the first century. a variety of subject matters and subject matters is mentioned, together with Matthew’s Beatitudes, the misplaced track of Miriam, Levi and the Levites, women’s authority, and using scripture in the myth of the winery.

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Some scholars have stressed the view that rather than being direcdy dependent upon Essene teaching Jesus may have known it and reacted against it. , 1QS I, 10). 8 Jesus appears to be telling the parable of the dishonest manager to discourage imitation of the 'sons of light', a term used as a self-designation of the community of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The quasi-sectarian 4QInstruction (4Q416 2 III, 3-5) teaches that it is better not to touch money entrusted to one than to risk losing it; Jesus seems to teach just the opposite (Matt.

Eshel, 'Ostraca from Khirbet Qumran', IE]47 (1997): 1 7 - 2 8 ; and the alternative readings proposed by A . Yardeni, A Draft o f a Deed on an Ostracon from Khirbet Qumran', IEJA7 ( 1 9 9 7 ) : 2 3 3 - 7 . GENERALLY 30 ILLUMINATING 5 identified and so statistics, as always, are susceptible to economical truth, but a rough guideline can be presented as follows. When the various compositions from the Qumran caves are counted up, there are more than 20 copies of Genesis, Deuteronomy, Isaiah and the Psalms.

The first option was to say that the scrolls are the background to the life and thought of the early churches, or even more strongly, to say that John the Baptist and Jesus both had Essene connections. For some scholars and others this option was played as if the scrolls prefigured nearly all the key 16 7 18 19 20 1 6 G . Vermes, T h e Impact o f the Dead Sea Scrolls on the Study o f the New Testament', JJS27 ( 1 9 7 6 ) : 1 0 7 - 1 6 ; reprinted in G . Vermes, Jesus andthe World of Judaism (London: S C M Press, 1 9 8 3 ) , 1 1 5 - 2 5 , 1 8 2 .

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