Author Archives: theoutwardquest

About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the thinking particle

Well, I have a late summer vacation to the State Fair and to Branson over the next week. Then I should be free to blog consistently for three or four weeks before family events in late September and early October … Continue reading

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Lipovsky again-intuiting the history behind the text

I have been dipping into Igor Lipovsky’s Israel and Judah: How Two Peoples Became One. A few years back I wrote extensively about his book Early Israelites: Two Peoples One History, beginning  here. Early Israelites covered the emergence of Israel … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-cave 4 conspiracy?

The part of The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls by James VanderKam and Peter Flint that actually dealt directly with the meaning of the scrolls, I finished last week. The final chapter deals with the drama surrounding the publication … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-the apocalyptic battle and city

VanderKam and Flint, in The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, have an extensive discussion of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament and certain of the Dead Sea Scrolls that seem to be moving in the same world … Continue reading

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VanderKam and Flint-common ideas but a different direction

From the Qumran document called the Commentary on Habakkuk comes a passage that was an explanation of the phrase from Habakkuk 2:4 that says “the righteous will live by their faith”. According to the translation here, the passage reads: Interpreted, … Continue reading

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Did Essenes identify with the Herods?

Today I am not summarizing a section of VanderKam and Flint from The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rather, I am just thinking out loud about a question inspired by them. The question is whether the Essenes at Qumran … Continue reading

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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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