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The considerable amount of parallels between the lexicology of the DSS and the Gospels is not a scoop, but the author presents the case in a clear method for fresh readers interested in the subject without departing from the basics of Christian st people have heard about the DSS but have only a very vague, if any idea about their contents. The frequent affirmation that they are mainly significant for Old Testament studies has to be revised. Bergsma is proof to that.I bought this book on the claim of continuity between DSS and Gospels. This is unusual among scholars who usually argue for just a few borrowings and conversions from Essenes to the fresh faith in the early thirties. Bergsma’s book shows that there is obviously much more in the DSS that enlighten earliest Christianity than commonly accepted. Not only the vocabulary but also the priestly organization and rituals have a lot in e parallels between an Essene benediction and Christ’s Latest Supper are neatly addressed. We search a thanksgiving ritual in the Community Rules where the blessings are under the authority of the founder of the DSS community and also in the later Messianic Rules where the holy repast is under messianic supervision, just as in the Gospels.I also have a few negative judgments on this book.- I will not follow the author when he claims that using the same ‘catch words’ indicates that all the texts, as the Ephesian Gospel of John and the infancy and childhood narratives were composed at the same very early time.- Bergsma accepts that the texts were written by the announced authors, canceling de facto the second-century evolution and secondary influence on the foundational texts. He seems to wish people to believe that everything occurred early, and within a Judean environment.- Looking for a background to the cultic Eucharist, here again he explores Judean antecedents. The absence of any such cultic ritual in the Scrolls, no antecedents here has to admit a disappointed Bergsma, leads him to search a method out, accepting he has no proof other than efficiency to coalesce disparate information, that I will leave his readers to discover. For a various point of view—the Eucharistic mystery cult is completely out of tune within Judean practices where consuming blood is vigorously condemned—readers can take a look online at ‘The Latest Supper covered Three Centuries of Confrontations.’ ()- I would also like his readers to reflect on the religious figure of a messiah for the end of days. Such Messiahs are a heavenly reincarnation of past historical prophets, as Elijah or the Master of the DSS community. The historicity of a Messiah on earth to announce time’s end is therefore indirect, the mental icon borrowing facts, reputation and teachings from the sometimes long ago extinct earthly model. Bergsma is certain that the lexicology and organization of the DSS’ community has been transferred to the Gospels but omits to see the same with the messianic speculations. Readers should be able to begin sensing the connections between messiah Jesus, the Scroll’s prophetic Master, and the messianic interrogations professed after his death around 65 BCE, condemned by the Jerusalem authorities to ‘hang on a tree.’ Readers interested in the more disturbing implications of continuity between DSS lexicology, messiahs and Christianity, can access on-line my short paper: ‘A brief eye-opening introduction to Nascent Christianity’ ().Although the author has certainly not taken the continuity up to the point I was curious about,his book is nevertheless a worthwhile step for the a lot of into the implications of the DSS for Christianity.
Dr Bergsma has a attractive bonus of taking complex topics and making them understandable to non-PhDs like me. I’ll be forever grateful for his work here on Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The possible link between John the Baptist, John the Apostle, Tag the Evangelist , Joseph /Mary and the Essenes is fascinating to me. I also appreciate the differences between Essene theology and early Christianity. It was a marvelous and simple read.
Homilists are told to prepare with the gospels in one hand and the newspaper in the other. The Dead Sea scrolls may be the newspaper that influenced how the gospels were heard. Dr. Bergsma helps me to read the Fresh Testament with an ear toward the teaching of the Dead Sea sectaries and search points of commonality that reinforce how this fresh teaching may have been heard.
An necessary book for everyone. Well written with solid, informed facts and opinions. An perfect book that everyone should read. It is so impressively well written and well researched that it shouldn’t be ignored and cannot be dismissed!
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