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  Torah Class    Old Testament Bible Study for a New Testament Understanding Torah is the Hebrew word for the first 5 books of the Bible and it is the foundation of the Old Testament just as the Old Testament is the foundation of the New. The Old Testament (Tanach) is the Holy Scripture that Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) taught from, and His Disciples referred to, since there was no New Testament until well after the time of the Apostles that succeeded Him. The Old and New Testaments are inseparable and only when used together do we have a complete, unified, divinely-inspired Bible. Torah Class cross-references the Torah and Old Testament passages with New Testament passages to reveal their seamless continuity.

Some excellent teaching from a Hebrew perspective  Video Messages  

Introduction to the Scrolls from the Judean Desert  James R. Davila   a total of eleven caves near the Wadi Qumran were found to contain fragments of ancient scrolls, probably all placed there by the same people at the time of the Great Revolt against Rome in CE 68-70, when Jerusalem was besieged and finally destroyed by the Romans.

The Perils of Parallels James R. Davila  explores the concept of parallels and their proper use.

The Writing World of the Dead Sea Scrolls Rochelle Altman examines the textual identity of the and explains how in our current world these associations are unconscious and the choices automatic whilst in the past  these associations were conscious and the choices deliberate. In Antiquity, everything had meaning — the shape of a stele, the stripes on a garment, the size of a leaf or tablet, the format, the script were all an integral part of the presentation.  

Dead Sea Scrolls A collection of on-line texts. An exhibit of Scrolls from the Dead Sea at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

A further Exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls  from The Project Judaica Foundation  

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature Digital Dead Sea Scrolls    “We are privileged to house in the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book the best preserved and most complete Dead Sea Scrolls ever discovered,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “They are of paramount importance among the touchstones of monotheistic world heritage, and they represent unique highlights of our Museum’s encyclopedic holdings. Now, through our partnership with Google, we are able to bring these treasures to the broadest possible public.”

The Orion Virtual Qumran Tour An Educational Site on the Dead Sea Scrolls  Between 1947 and 1956 thousands of fragments of biblical and early Jewish documents were discovered in eleven caves near the site of Khirbet Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea.

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The Shrine of the Book  The Israel Museum, Jerusalem   is the home of the exceptional archaeological finds: the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.

The Qumran Library Selection of scroll fragments.

The Orion Center’s Cave Tour A pictorial view of the Caves at Qumran in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

The Qumran Community  Various artifacts excavated from the site.

The Great Isaiah Scroll Director

The Damascus Document and the Community Rule     James R. Davila  explains that the  Damascus Document is unique in that it is the only Qumran sectarian work that was known before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It had been found many years before in the famous “Cairo Geniza

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Biblical Integrity   Garry K. Brantley  writes “we cannot be confident that our English translations reflect the information initially penned by biblical writers. However, the materials discovered at Qumran, commonly called the Dead Sea Scrolls, have provided impressive evidence for both the integrity of the Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts of the Old Testament and the authenticity of the books themselves.”

The Damascus Document English Translation

The War Rule  James R. Davila looks at what has come to be known as the War Rule or War Scroll

The War Rule English translation

Hodayot / Hymn Scroll  David M.S. Kinnen

Hodayot – 1QH^a

Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice  Ruth Tyldesley

Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice  an English translation

Enoch as Precursor: the Role of the Enochic Manuscripts in the Qumran Literature   David W. Suter                 explores the book of Enoch.

An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls   Jim West An introductory course.

Who Was the Teacher of Righteousness in the Dead Sea Scrolls?  Bette Steacher  

The Teacher of Righteousness in the Dead Sea Scrolls – Wikipedia

Teacher of Righteousness      Encyclopaedia Judaica

A Statistical Identity for the Teacher of Righteosness   David A. Pardo


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