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5 The Dead Sea Scrolls

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This chapter continues the study of the interpretative traditions of important restoration narratives by turning to the Dead Sea Scrolls. MMT does give evidence of a community who read Deuteronomy 30:1-2 as bespeaking an eschatological period in which people obey Torah. The chapter examines both the works which are clearly yahadic/sectarian and those works where the exact connection to the Yahad/ sectarian community is less clear. Scripture stood at the heart of the community's self-understanding, as Moses, the Prophets, and David offered a testimony that was imperative to understand. By looking at sectarian predestinarian theology and apocalyptic worldview, the author has argued that in the present age, transformation is primarily understood as a cognitive process of becoming more aware of who one is, of what God requires, and of God's control of history.

Keywords: apocalyptic worldview; Dead Sea Scrolls; Deuteronomy; eschatological transformation; scripture; Sectarian community; sectarian predestinarian theology



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