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With entries on every little thing from Manu to Gandhi and the Ramesvaram to the Himalayas, this can be a useful reference e-book.

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Hundreds of 15. See James H. , The Dead Sea Scroll: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Texts with English Translations, Vol. 3, Damascus Document Fragments, Some Works of Torah, and Related Documents (PTSDSSP 3; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck; Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2005). JAMES H. CHARLESWORTH 19 monographs have been devoted to this area of research, and now I propose only to provide a glimpse into some broad issues. 16 Like them, he stressed the importance of Isa 40:3, probably interpreted the verse as they obviously had, and joined them in attempting to prepare in the wilderness the way of YHWH, which probably included the appearance of the Messiah.

In summation, research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has sensationally enriched our understanding of the Hebrew Bible (and enabled us to improve our primary texts), the Judaism of Hillel and Jesus, and the complex creativity of Second Temple Judaism from Dan to Beersheba. , just two years after they destroyed Qumran. All those who have endeavored to polish their work for these volumes will surely join with me in hoping that these discoveries and perspectives will help pave the way for a third millennium less corrupt and more livable than the twentieth century, with its barbed-wire boundaries, genocides, Holocaust, and atomic bombs.

This one word, a0posu&nagwgoj, becomes a window through which to see ostracism becoming a schism between those who followed Jesus and those who followed Hillel as well as other Pharisaic-like rabbis. As the Gospel of John attests, the cost to follow Jesus and confess him christologically (perhaps as God) was high. Second, Josephus reported that there were “three sects (or schools of thought) among the Jews” (Ant. 171). Here the meaning of ai3reseij was understood by earlier historians of first-century Judaism to mean that Josephus adequately represented Judaism by three “sects”: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes.

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