THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS – SOLVING THE WRONG MYSTERY

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The Dead Sea Scrolls consist of nearly 900 texts, the first batch of which were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947. They date from before A.D. 70, and some may go back to as early as the third century B.C.”

There is “big news” today on Yahoo about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Mystery of Dead Sea Scroll Authors Possibly Solved
Owen Jarus | LiveScience.com, on YAHOO NEWS, 11/22/11. The Dead Sea Scrolls may have been written, at least in part, by a sectarian group called the Essenes, according to nearly 200 textiles discovered in caves at Qumran, in the West Bank, where the religious texts had been stored.
Scholars are divided about who authored the Dead Sea Scrolls and how the texts got to Qumran, and so the new finding could help clear up this long-standing mystery.
The research reveals that all the textiles were made of linen, rather than wool, which was the preferred textile used in ancient Israel. Also they lack decoration, some actually being bleached white, even though fabrics from the period often have vivid colours. Altogether, researchers say these finds suggest that the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, “penned” some of the scrolls.
Not everyone agrees with this interpretation. An archaeologist who has excavated at Qumran told LiveScience that the linen could have come from people fleeing the Roman army after the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and that they are in fact responsible for putting the scrolls into caves.
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There’s more of course, but in my opinion all of this is beside the point!

I am certainly not of the opinion that God literally picked up a pencil and wrote the Bible, or that Moses sat down and wrote every word of the Torah before he died. But I find it sadly amusing to watch all these experts obsessed by the madness of frantically worrying about “who really wrote this part”, “when was this part really written”, and other useless intellectual wild goose chases. 

Long after the events that are related in these parchments, Socrates will teach his pupils that only those things that help to perfect one’s soul can be called ‘moral’ or ‘good’. Moses and Jesus would certainly agree. Knowing the actual name of the person who wrote this or that passage in the Bible, contributes nothing to the perfection of one’s soul. Proving that a passage was written in this or that city on such and such date, contributes nothing to the perfection of one’s soul. Even finding the archeological remnants of a boat on a mountain in Afghanistan, and proving beyond any possible doubt that a man named Noah built it, would still contribute absolutely nothing to the perfection of one’s soul. Similarly, if we found a marriage certificate in one of these buried jars, signed by Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth, this discovery would contribute nothing to the perfection of one’s soul.

Quests of this sort can be intellectually stimulating, and they can certainly be a great deal of fun – heaven knows, there are far worse things with which we could occupy ourselves. But they have little or no spiritual significance. In fact, they often just hypnotize us and drag us away from what is really important – the inner effort to perfect our own soul

I am fully convinced that the people who wrote down these ancient myths and stories knew exactly what they were doing. They were consciously and deliberately designed and recorded by brilliant and enlightened initiates. Within the mystery of their symbolism, they contain the precise blueprint of the Creation, and the path of the human soul – the microcosm of the Creation – as it fulfills its destiny and returns to God. We should put aside the scientific demand for ‘proof’ and the academic fascination with textual criticism, and ask ourselves more important, human, and relevant questions:


What are these stories trying to tell me? How can these words help me with my life? How can my struggle to unveil their inner meaning help my soul evolve? What are they telling me to do, and how can I do it?
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