Saturday, January 14, 2017

"many shall rejoice at his birth" - Young Jesus in Qumran

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Young Jesus in Qumran

The Gospels do not contain episodes of Christ Jesus at his age approximately between 12 and 30.

For example:
Age 12 Jesus visits the Temple in Jerusalem
Age 12 - 30 Jesus works as a carpenter in Nazareth

Timeline of Jesus aged 30
Jesus is baptised in the River Jordan in Judea by John the Baptist
Jesus in the Wilderness - Judea
Jesus hails Andrew, Simon, Philip, And Nathaniel - Bethabara
Miracle of turning the water into wine and drives the moneymakers from the temple - Cana. Jerusalem
Nighttime visit Of Nicodemus—Christ enlightens him - Jerusalem.
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria - Samaria: Sychar
Miracle at Cana in Galilee
Pool of Bethesda - Jerusalem
Jesus Reads in the Nazareth Synagogue - Nazareth. Capernaum

However, it is unlikely that Jesus had just lived in Nazareth as a carpenter.  He must have learnt Judaism somewhere.  He must have learnt how to read and write somewhere.

Especially, the Gospels depicted a scene where Jesus at 12 discussing religious matters with priests in the temple of Jerusalem and His parents, when finding Him talking with religious leaders, getting surprised.  And then, the Gospels do not provide any episodes about young Jesus till He appeared on the River Jordan at an age about 30. 

So, if Jesus had been living with His parents in Nazareth till He became 30 years old, there must have been many witnesses of His deeds in this period of time.  At least His brothers must have witnessed His deeds and later told His disciples and writers of the Gospels about many and various episodes of young Jesus in Nazareth.   But the Gospels keep silence on young Jesus in this period of time.  So, it is thought naturally that there were no witnesses of young Jesus in this period.  It means that Jesus was not near His family and not in Nazareth.  But where was He?

Although Jesus could discuss religious matters with priests in the temple of Jerusalem at 12 years old, He looked like having full and detailed knowledge about the holy books of Judaism or the Old Testament when He started His mission at 30.  He must have extensively learnt Judaism somewhere like a college or a theological school.  And there was one place suitable for this purpose: Qumran caves.

Today Qumran is well known for discovery of the Dead Seas Scrolls after WWII. 
The Dead Sea Scrolls, in the narrow sense of Qumran Caves Scrolls,[notes 1] are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves (Qumran Caves) in the immediate vicinity of the Hellenistic-period Jewish settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the eastern Judaean Desert, the modern West Bank. The caves are located about two kilometres (1.2 miles) inland from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name.[3] The consensus is that the Qumran Caves Scrolls date from the last three centuries BCE and the first century CE.
As proven by the discovery of the Dead Seas Scrolls, there were many holy books of Judaism in Qumran.  And, some scrolls are believed to have been written there.  So, Qumran was the best place for young Jesus to exhaustively learn traditions of Judaism in addition to how to read and write.

It is also a miracle that the so many Dead Sea Scrolls have been kept and preserved there for 2000 years, since it is believed that Roman troops also occupied Qumran and dispelled Israelits living and practicing a school of Judaism there during the First Jewish–Roman War (66–73 CE).  It is as if power of Christ Jesus who had once lived and studied there allowed those scrolls to be preserved for 2000 years.  It is indeed a miracle that Qumran was discovered by the world 2000 years after the era of Christ Jesus.  It is as if God had given those scrolls to the mankind as His present to celebrate the 20th century.

In summary, we have to assume that young Jesus between 13  to 30 years old was living, studying, and working in Qumran.

That is why His brothers and His friends living in Nazareth in this period could not offer any episodes and material about young Jesus to Gospel writers, since they did not know about living status and conditions of young Jesus in Qumran.  That is why there are no episodes of young Jesus from 13 to 30 years old mentioned in the Gospels.

Christ Jesus was in Qumran before his appearance on the River Jordan; this is a very natural and reasonable conclusion.  It means that Christ Jesus was close to the Essenes.
A little later, Josephus gave a detailed account of the Essenes in The Jewish War (c. 75 CE), with a shorter description in Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94 CE) and The Life of Flavius Josephus (c. 97 CE). Claiming first hand knowledge, he lists the Essenoi as one of the three sects of Jewish philosophy[7] alongside the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He relates the same information concerning piety, celibacy, the absence of personal property and of money, the belief in communality, and commitment to a strict observance of Sabbath. He further adds that the Essenes ritually immersed in water every morning, ate together after prayer, devoted themselves to charity and benevolence, forbade the expression of anger, studied the books of the elders, preserved secrets, and were very mindful of the names of the angels kept in their sacred writings.
So, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls must mean that God wants the mankind to review creeds and principles of the Essenes.  It is because holy miracles never occur without reasons, purposes or intents of God.

Psalms Scroll.jpg
The Dead Sea Scrolls:
Material Papyrus, parchment and bronze
Writing Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Nabataean-Aramaic
Created Est. 408 BCE to 318 CE
Discovered 1946/7–1956

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Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.