Dead Sea Scrolls

The Qumram documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin. An Essenian community did live in Palestine and, more specifically, in a region visited by Jesus. Henceforth the Baptist stands out against a specific background instead of arising suddenly from un unknown world. Josephus tells us about them, but the gospel makes no mention at all.

For the people of Qumram as well as John, the end of days announced by the prophets had arrived, there was a consciousness of living in the last days. The Teacher of Righteousness revealed in the Dead Sea Scrolls is therefore a prophet whose message is to announce the actual arrival of the "last days." The Title of the Teacher of Righteousness designates an office, not a particular person.

The community envisaged by the Dead Sea Scrolls and translated into reality at Qumram is in no sense Christian and holds none of the fundamental theological doctrines of the Christian faith. Coins were found there dated AD 68, which suggests that it was destroyed around the time of the Jewish war and the destruction of Jerusalem. Some of the findings were Biblical and some inter-testamental, two copies of Isaiah, Habakkuk, and most of the Bible were found. To date some 100 Biblical manuscripts have been found. They have been called "The greatest manuscript discovery of modern times" and "the oldest existing manuscripts of the Bible in any language."
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