By Geza Vermes

Not anything within the smooth research of historic Judaism and the delivery of Christianity can fit the 50-year saga of those files, stumbled on via a lowly goatherd within the spring of 1947. Now, after years of educational debate and maneuvering as annoying as any espionage novel, the lifeless Sea Scrolls and fragments are eventually to be had of their entirety, within the validated commonplace English model.

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For via them, nice males have long past off beam and strong heroes have stumbled from former occasions until eventually now. simply because they walked 2. 4Q 26 6 fir. 2 ii, three provides: in order that from all of the paths of the sin[ners you shall hold away]. three. Or: males known as (4Q266, fr. 2 ii, 11). one hundred thirty THE DAMASCUS record within the stubbornness o f their middle the Heavenly Watchers fell; they have been stuck simply because they didn't preserve the commandments o f G od. And their sons additionally fell who have been tall as cedar timber and whose our bodies have been like mountains. All flesh on dry land perished; they have been as if that they had 20 by no means been simply because they did their very own will and didn't preserve the com­ mandment o f their M aker in order that H is wrath was once kindled opposed to them. ailing via it, the youngsters o f N oah went off beam, including their family, and have been bring to an end. Abraham didn't stroll in it, and he was once accounted a pal o f G od simply because he stored the commandments o f G od and didn't opt for his personal will. And he passed them right down to Isaac and Jacob, who saved them, and have been recorded as associates o f G od and get together to the Covenant for ever. T h e kids o f Jacob strayed via them and have been punished in keeping with their blunders. And their sons in Egyp t walked within the five stubbornness o f their hearts, conspiring opposed to the commandments o f G od and every o f them doing that which appeared correct in his personal eyes. T h e y ate blood, and H e reduce o ff their men within the desert. And at Kadesh H e acknowledged to them, pass up and own the land (Deut. ix, 23). yet they selected their very own will and didn't heed the voice o f their Maker, the com­ mands o f their instructor, yet murmured of their tents; and the anger o f G od was once kindled opposed to their congregation. via it their sons consistent with­ ished, and during it their kings have been bring to a halt; via it their potent 10 heroes perished and during it their land was once ravaged. via it the 1st contributors o f the Covenant sinned and have been introduced as much as the sword, simply because they forsook the Covenant o f G od and selected their very own will and walked within the stubbornness o f their hearts, each one o f them doing his personal will. yet with the remnant which held quickly to the commandments o f G od H e made H is Covenant with Israel for ever, revealing to them the concealed­ den issues during which all Israel had long past off course. H e spread out ahead of them His holy Sabbaths and his wonderful feasts, the stories o f His correct- 15 eousness and the methods o f His fact, and the wishes o f H is will which a guy needs to do in an effort to reside. they usually dug a good wealthy in water; and he who despises it shall now not reside. but they wallowed within the sin o f guy and in methods o f uncleanness, they usually acknowledged, ‘ T h is is our (way). ’ yet G od, in His very good mysteries, forgave them their sin and pardoned their wickedness; and H e outfitted them a convinced condominium in Israel whose like hasn't ever existed from former instances until eventually now. those that carry speedy to it are destined to stay for ever and all of the glory o f Adam might be theirs. As G od ordained for them through the hand o f the Prophet Ezekiel, announcing, *3* The 20 T H E principles monks, the Levites, j-o/z^ I V o f Zadok who stored the cost o f my sanctuary while the youngsters o f Israel strayed from me, they shall provide me fa t and blood (Ezek.

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