“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.”
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.
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: