The studies to be posted in this thread will examine the crucial matter of the Christ-centered theology of many writings in the Dead Sea Scrolls. No book has been written on the subject to date that remotely deals with the true issues. Protestant and Catholic theologians are quite happy to let the matter be discussed and promoted by kooks and radicals who have no interest in the truth! I would propose that the church world does not want the real issues raised by these writings to be examined at all.
Here is the sequence of studies that I will be posting here. The thread will initially be closed to responses, however, after a few posts a separate discussion thread will be opened.
1. Why is the Qumran discovery significant?
2. The alleged ‘gap’ or ‘period of silence’ in God’s revelation.
3. Variance in dogma over Old Testament meanings.
4. The influence of Hellenistic thought on Judaism and Christianity. From what source did this come? Was it the leading of God or an apostasy from the ancient wisdom disclosed in OT revelation?
Sorting out the Evidence:
5. Why did Jewish Nonconformity exist, or what was the historical background of the nonconformist communities?
6. Who was the Teacher of Righteousness and what was the significance of his writings?
7. Are other writings besides those of the Teacher as significant?
The Theology of the Teacher
8. The immutability of God in the absolute predestination of all things. This teaching stands directly against the Greek free-will philosophy of the Pharisees.
9. Predestination is absolute and double, including both the elect and reprobate.
10. Justification totally in God and accepted only by faith.
11. God created evil as well as righteousness.
12. The seed of evil in each soul is God’s creation.
13. Sin remains in believers all of their lives after regeneration.
14. Truth is the basis of all revelation and salvation experience.
15. Truth is the great divider and watershed of all mankind.
16. Salvation in heaven and reprobation in hell are the ultimate end of God’s purposes.