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Apocalypticism and Messianism

Michael A. Knibb

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199207237
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199207237.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Apocalypticism and Messianism

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The beliefs of the movement that lies behind the scrolls were influenced by the eschatological ideas of the early Enochic writings and by the Book of Daniel, and although the movement does not seem to have produced many apocalypses, eschatology and messianism formed a significant part of its thought-world. But the movement was concerned above all with the proper observance of the Torah. It seems likely that the development of dualism and to some extent of eschatology was a way of coping with the fact that their interpretation of the Torah was not accepted by the leaders. The discussion also holds that the eschatological and messianic beliefs of the Dead Sea Scrolls represent a development of traditions already contained in the Hebrew Bible and form part of the spectrum of beliefs that were common to Jews of the period.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; apocalypses; Enochic writings; Book of Daniel; eschatology; Torah; Hebrew Bible

Article.  14860 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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