The Dead Sea Scrolls (III) and Resurrection
Since Easter is approaching – I believe that this is a good time to post something that relates resurrection (more specifically the raising of the dead) to the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS). It is based on a lecture given by Peter Flint in Seoul, Korea. He is an expert from Canada on DSS (born in South Africa).
He discusses the text in Luke 7:22-23 where John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the Messiah. Jesus answered:
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Jesus clearly says that “the dead are being raised through his ministry.” However, there are scholars (why am I not surprised? 🙂 )who claim that the concept of a bodily resurrection is not found in 1st century Judaism. Therefore – Jesus could not have said this, it was added lated by the Gospel writer (Luke).Well – these scholars are again proved wrong by the so-called Messianic Apocalypse which INCLUDES the RAISING of the DEAD as a sign of the Messiah’s coming:
[…For the hea]vens and the earth shall listen to His Messiah…and the Lord shall do glorious things which have not been done, just as He said.
For He shall heal the wounded,
HE SHALL REVIVE THE DEAD,
He shall bring good news to the poor.
It is clear from a comparison of these two texts that there were Jews during Jesus’ day who “understood the features described in Luke 7:22 as signs of the coming Messiah. One of these signs is the RAISING of the DEAD…Moreover, the Messianic Apocalypse provides strong evidence that Jesus was again claiming to be a prophetic Messiah in Luke 7:22-23.”
Christ is RISEN, and He has ALL the power over death and life! Praise be to Him!
For a more indepth discussion of this, see http://www.religiousstudies.uncc.edu/jdtabor/4q521.html
(All quotes are from Flint.)