Part 2- The Dead Sea Scrolls: Interesting beliefs of the Qumran Community
-A belief in immortality
-Belief that God created spirits (of light and darkness)
-To join the community you were baptized by being immersed in water.
-When you were accepted into the community you lived by a 'new covenant'.
-They had a sacrament of bread and wine.
-There was a Teacher of Righteousness and a Wicked Priest.
-There was no concept of 'original sin'.
-Some non-biblical documents also found in the caves: The Book of Enoch, The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, The Book of Adam and Eve, The Book of Jubilees, The Zadokite Text.
|Ariel view of the caves|
Here are some other discoveries of ancient documents and records in the Old World:
-The Nag Hammadi Library, where The Gopel of Thomas and The Gospel of Truth were discovered. It is believed Gnostic Christians buried them.
-The Clay Tablets of Elba, these date to before Abraham the Prophet, there are Biblical connections with an account of the creation and of the great flood.
-The Persepolis of Iran, the palace of Darius I, King of Persia, where stone boxes containing gold and silver tabletswere found.
|Hamadan gold tablet in cuneiform script|
-The Hamadan, Iran, King Darius II, where gold and silver tablets of writing have been found.
-The Port City of Pyrgi, Italy, where plates of gold, silver, copper, bronze, lead and tin were found,
30 miles north of Rome on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Also found were two large Etruscan Temples dating to 500 BC with Phoenician and Estrucan language.
|Gold Tablets found in Pyrgi, Italy|
-Seoul, Korea, Ancient writing on 19 golden metal plates found in 1965, containing the 'Diamond Sutra' of Buddhist scripture. This is displayed in the national museum in Seoul.
-The Hebron Cave, 10 miles W-N-W, 22 miles S-S-W of Jerusalem- Cave inscriptions dated to 600 BC the Khirbet Beit Lei (1961). Pictures of ships carved on the walls, the name Lei or Lehi, the words "Deliver (us) O Lord" See Judges 15:9 of the Old Testament. "Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi."
|Two caves in Hebron|