Monthly Archives: July 2019

VanderKam and Flint-closeness and distance

I have some more from The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VanderKam and Peter Flint. The Dead Sea Scrolls display both a closeness and a distance in relation to Jesus and the New Testament. One of the … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-crackpot theories

Crackpot is my word. VanderKam and Flint are much more polite in discussing the views of John Allegro and Barbara Thiering. They point out that both of them were actual scholars. John Allegro did some good work early on excavating … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-hidden laws

I came across the hilarious fact that Dorothy Parker, the poet and screen writer, named her parakeet Onan because he was always spilling his seed. This joke, based on the KJV of Genesis 38:9, would go right over the heads … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-the Wicked Priest as key figure

The historical development of the community at Qumran is murky. Scholars have made several suggestions. But the nature of the documents does not allow for certainty. VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, mostly keep themselves … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-End times and the messiahs

In The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, James VanderKam and Peter Flint talk about the idea of the end times that appears in the scrolls. There is continuity between their calendar, where seven year periods or jubilees are important, … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-Qumran and the conflict of angels

In The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the authors have gone through much necessary discussion of the recovery of the scrolls and their content. More than half-way through the book the patient reader begins to find actual discussion of … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-no alternative to an Essene Qumran

James VanderKam and Peter Flint in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls strongly support the opinion of the majority of scholars that the members of the Qumran sect were Essenes. Some have attempted to deconstruct this on the grounds … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-Enoch and Jubilees among the scrolls

VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, talk about all the non-biblical books found in the vicinity of Qumran. These Dead Sea Scrolls include some new writings that we didn’t know about before their discovery. But … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-the Bible in the caves

I am back to reading The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VandeKam and Peter Flint. Before the printing press, books were copied by hand. Over time small variations crept into texts because of errors, preferences, differences between … Continue reading

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Breaking news from 3,000-4,000 years ago

This is a holiday week in the US.  I am only giving glancing attention to study or writing.  But interesting stuff keeps happening.  So today I am sharing a couple of links to exciting discoveries. First, I have been waiting … Continue reading

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