Currently up to my neck in Pharisees, Sadducees, and the good old Essenes…

That’s the reward you get for choosing to do a module on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Don’t get me wrong, it is actually interesting to compare, for example, what Josephus, Philo, and the New Testament say about these three groups, and then try to establish what evidence there is for the group at Qumran to have been of Sadducaic/Pharisaic/Essene origin. In fact, this gentle stroll into the life and times of the Qumran guys and girls is strangely relaxing.

Sure, getting buried in this sect’s teaching and interpretation of various OT passages has the potential to undermine the NT’s view on how the OT should be interpreted, but at the same time it makes a change from the normal teaching that can go so directly against what the Bible teaches (still on my guard though!).

It feels a bit like a holiday actually.

Written by Robin Ham