posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 10:47 PM
Gee, whenever I see a "discovery" like that, it reminds me of the book, "The Mystery & Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls" by Hershell Shanks. At
least Shanks has some credibility in "biblical arecheology"...In fact he's the founder & editor of "Biblical Archeology Review" & "Bible
Review," as well as being editor or author for several other books in this field.
The Dead Sea Scrolls form the basic root of what we're likely to find in the Bible today & the area where the Scrolls were found was a Jewish
settlement (Qumran) about 13 miles from Jerusalem. During the time period in which Qumran was most active coincides with a sort of "reformation
period" experienced by Judaism...This reformation was similar to the more modern "Roman Catholic Reformation" in that Judaism was being
"re-interpreted," with the result that there were "sub-religions" splintering away from the main religion.
The Scrolls (many lost due to severe deteriation & others surviving only in small fragments, extremely few found whole but fragile) seem to contain
studies & teneants of a number of these off-shoot "sub-cults" of Judaism. One of these sub-cults (Essen) seems somewhat related to modern
Christianity (described in the book as "Essen-oid"), but also with some extensive "mutations" along the way.
Since the Old Testament is the writings of Judaism & Christianity is the basis of the New Testament, I think that this is why modern Orthodox Jews
practicing Judaism don't put any faith in the New Testament at all...Under the circumstances of the history of Christianity, I can't blame them
much...Because to them, Christianity represents a mutated version of their own beliefs. This attitude is understandable when you consider how the
Roman Catholic Church feels about the Protestant religions.
At any rate, while there is no real evidence
to support the theory, it's highly possible that Jesus of Nazareth had the opportunity to study
at Qumran before he began the three-year ministry that ended when he got nailed to the cross. At Qumran, Jesus would have had the chance to learn not
only about Judaism, but also would have had access to these other writings that could have inspired his (Essen-oid?) ministry.
So I personally doubt that the article you linked from Codewolf has much validity...