Chapter

The Messianic Secret

Israel Knohl

in The Messiah before Jesus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520215924
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215924.003.0002
The Messianic Secret

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This chapter begins with a description of a day in the life of the Messiah. It then considers messianic hymns from the Dead Sea Scrolls, particularly those from the Thanksgivings Scroll. These hymns are different from the other thanksgiving psalms both in their language and in their forms of benediction. The atmosphere prevailing in these hymns is also essentially different from the general atmosphere of the psalms. The thanksgiving psalms are imbued with a heavy sense of guilt. Their assumption is that humans can be liberated from their guilty, sinful condition only through the grace of God. The discussion then turns to Jesus and the hero of the hymns.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Thanksgivings Scroll; messianic hymns; Messiah; Jesus

Chapter.  5017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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