Dead is Not Dead
A section of the Dead Sea Scrolls was just translated recently. These mysterious fragments discovered in a cave give insight into a religious community that existed near the time of Jesus. The BBC reports that, ” the sections of the scrolls were pieced together by Dr Eshbal Ratson and Prof Jonathan Ben-Dov of Haifa University. They were written in code and some of the fragments were smaller than 1 sq cm (0.155 sq inches). They detailed special occasions celebrated by the ancient Jewish sect, which observed a unique 364-day calendar. These included festivals of New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which were related to the Jewish festival of Shavuot.”
The priceless Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves in Qumran on the western shore of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. They were reportedly first discovered by a young Bedouin shepherd searching for lost sheep. Lost sheep – does that ring a bell? Jesus was always talking about looking for lost sheep. How he loved the lost – the forgotten – the estranged. Perhaps we could learn something from that.
Some have suggested that Jesus may have been an Essene but that is pure speculation. He did turn the world upside down. I guess looking back in history has its advantages. We learn what is priceless and vital to being fully human. That is what I think of Jesus most often – a fully human – fully developed person. God wanted to show us an ideal as well as to forge a New Covenant with us. He wanted to love the hell out of us, so to speak.