In these four insightful lectures, listen to expert scholars discuss how the Dead Sea Scrolls relate to the New Testament. Whether it’s to hear a point-by-point comparison of the two or to listen to one scholar dispel an argument that the Dead Sea Scroll “4QMMT” document contradicts the teachings of Paul, much light will be cast on the early relationship of Christianity to Judaism. You might find that the people related to these historic documents were just as aware of various religious beliefs as we are today.
4QMMT & Paul: New Light on Old Questions
Scholars have typically interpreted a Dead Sea Scroll document called 4QMMT as contrary to the teachings of Paul. It seems to advocate justification by acts whereas Paul teaches justification by faith alone. N.T. Wright demonstrates that while the arguments in 4QMMT seem to contradict Paul, that is not necessarily the case.
The Dead Sea Scrolls & the New Testament
James VanderKam delivers a point-by-point comparison of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament. He asserts that while the scrolls should not be directly linked to the Bible, they reveal a community living before, during and after Jesus, and cast much light on the early relationship of Christianity to Judaism.
Jewish Reform Movements: Qumran and the Gospel of Matthew
Anthony Saldarini characterizes the Qumran community, the Jesus movement and the followers of Matthew as contemporary reform groups within the broad categories of Jews and Christians. He theorizes that Matthew would have been aware of the Qumran community’s beliefs (just as we are aware of various religious beliefs today) and notes similarities between the Matthean community, Qumran and Matthew’s gospel.
A Jesus Hideout in Jordan? Mapping Ancient Textual Traditions
James Tabor combines clues from the Gospel of John, the story of Elijah, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other historical writings that point to the location of a Jesus hideout east of Jordan, near Calim. He demonstrates how the combination of archaeology, historical documents such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the bible texts produces a unique picture of the Nazarene movement and the geography of Jesus’ life.