|The Qumran scriptorium (L30)|
Retired professor Stan Seidner...does agree with Knohl's interpretation of the inscription,"to rise from the dead within three days."[Seidner, Stanley S. "The Knohl Hypothesis and 'Hazon Gabriel,'" June 3, 2009.]
|Inkwell found at Qumran|
To my mind, this proves my case that the New Testament (and the various, earlier works of which it is comprised) is parody. James did not belong to two, different sects at the same time, Qumran with its messiah, and a non-existent Christianity with its non-existent divine man (IS Chrest, or Jesus Christ).
The only challenge I make to the understanding of this text is its date.
13. [Thus] said the Lord, God of Israel, now all the nations14. … enc[amp] on Jerusalem and from it are exi[led]15. one two three forty Prophets and the elders16. and the Hasidim.Though this could refer to the siege and fall of Jerusalem in the First Jewish-Roman War, it could, alternatively, refer to the erasure of the city as Hadrian had Aquila of Sinope build Aelia Capitolina on the site.
But whatever, Qumran had a messiah or two and he was not Jesus Christ, or Christian, or even Chrestian.
A brief note on my book project:
The publisher's editor has just read the first part of my submission and responded with "Lovely, thank you". She has also clarified what is expected: a "normal history"; I had earlier offered an alternative, my voyage of discovery, how the study revealed the history to me. Other than that, she is demanding that I make more rapid progress. Oh dear, back to work.