"....Parry noted that many scholars and hobbyists through the years have
attempted to make stronger connections between the Essene and Latter-day Saint
doctrine than actually exist...."______________________________Adherents to any modern religion who study the Dead Sea Scrolls in the
hope of finding corroboration of today’s creeds are likely to be
disappointed. My knowledge of the Scrolls is very minimal. What I’ve
gotten out of studying them in books is a deeper appreciation of the richness of
the ancient past and those dedicated souls who diligently preserved written
treasures of their time that help us understand more than we may have thought we
did.Salt Lake City is very fortunate to have this exhibit on
display. I’d love to have the chance to visit it.
What if the Dead Sea Scrolls offer overwhelming proof that Christianity should
be more Deist/Gnostic?
Mister J,The Dead Sea Scrolls contain no Christian documents in that
they predate the Christian era. But there are the gnostic gospels of the Nag
Hammadi Codices which sometimes get confused with the Scrolls. These two
collections come from separate archaeological finds.
Actually, the Dead Sea Scrolls are NOT important to Muslims. The only
"scripture" of value to Muslims are the Koran and the Hadiths. They
teach that since their ideology came after both Judaism and Christianity, Islam
supersedes and supplants them, and that Jewish and Christian scripture are null
and void, corrupted and unreliable.
pakundo, Muslims revere the Old Testament as well, and consider themselves an
Abrahamic religion, so the Dead Sea Scrolls ARE important to them.Craig Clark, The Dead Sea Scrolls DO contain Christian documents in that they
testify of Christ just as the OT does. Also, your comment that "Adherents to
any modern religion who study the Dead Sea Scrolls in the hope of finding
corroboration of today’s creeds are likely to be disappointed" is
false. There are some excellent books out there that show very striking
similarities between LDS belief/practice and those of the Essenes. For Mr. Parry
to say that "scholars and hobbyists through the years have attempted to make
stronger connections between the Essene and Latter-day Saint doctrine than
actually exist" is nothing more than his opinion. Obviously, those other
scholars he mentioned would disagree, and they have endeavored to use scholarly
methods to prove their cases, instead of taking cheap shots in a newspaper
article, completely devoid of any proof. You admit that your "knowledge of
the Scrolls is very minimal" so I encourage you to do a little more research
on the subject.
Contrary to comments above, the Dead Sea Scrolls do contain a ton of spiritual
value. If there really is interest in our market as this article claims, then I
hope it's an interest in discovery and not just that of inductive
insertions that fit one's previous conclusions of faith. The
Book of Enoch is a latter day gift. It's prophetically inspired.
Christians, Jews and Muslims of all sects/divisions agree on the righteousness
of Enoch. A few of the 4th and 5th century councils within the abominable church
dropped 'The Book of Enoch' from the canon of scripture. Decisions on
other Hebrew and Greek texts were kept out as well. And despite the Protestant
Revolution that took place 1,000 years later, the subtractions of lost scripture
stuck. The is also much more scripture and apocrypha that is lost, destroyed, or
hidden in the Vatican archives. The Dead Sea Scrolls offer insight
on Old Testament gaps and give specific warnings for our times. Setting aside
some traditional evangelical stories based on vague canonical scriptural content
is needed, as they have defined the King James Bible since the Awakening cycles
and further back as well.