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Toward Comparative Study Of Eschatological Ideas In Qumran And In Emerging Christianity

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This introductory chapter is devoted to a number of problematic issues concerning the comparative study of eschatological ideas in Qumran, late Second Temple period Palestinian Judaism and emerging Christianity. These issues need to be addressed, before a traditio-historical study of eschatological, apocalyptic, and messianic in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament can be undertaken. First, the chapter discusses the definition of eschatology and problems of comparing Qumran eschatology with other sources about eschatology in Second Temple Judaism. Second, on the part of New Testament scholarship, discussion of previous debate about Jesus and eschatology introduces the other side of the traditio-historical comparison. The literature of Qumran exhibits a multifaceted eschatology that raises questions about its interpretive relation to the biblical text as well as about its historical relation to the Umwelt of late Second Temple Judaism.

Keywords: Christianity; Dead Sea Scrolls; eschatology; Jesus; New Testament; Palestinian Judaism; Qumran



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