Thoughts on ‘Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls’

There is really nothing more to be said except it was a great program, and one which I hope others will watch, especially those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls. I posted the news on facebook, and I really don’t understand the reaction I received, but to each his own, I reckon.

The Dead Sea Scrolls plays a huge part in Second Temple Judaism and our study of the manuscript evidence of the Hebrew Bible. Up until the time that they were found, the oldest MSS dated to around 800 or so. Yet, the Isaiah Scroll is 1200 years or older than that!

Dr. Cargill did an excellent job, you can read his thoughts here, presenting the different theories of Qumran. For me, the community(ies) which saved the DSS helped to provide the some of the foundation for the thought world of the New Testament, but that is a discussion for another time, I reckon. But, the various communities must be examined and then the New Testament thought world examined in light of them. They were, for the most part, contemporaries.

For a synopsis of the program, see Jim West’s thoughts, here.

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