In retrospect, it is not as important to understand
the similarities and dissimilarities of specific details of
the life of the two communities, but rather to obtain a
common outlook for both groups. When this is found the
basic nature and purpose of the two communities may be
studied and compared. At this point scholars will be able
to understand the scrolls better, and use them as an asset
to one's faith, instead of using them as a destructive tool.
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New York: Journal of Biblical Literature,
Mowry, Lucetta. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Early
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Tyson, Joseph B. The New Testament and Early
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Vermes, G. The Dead Sea Scrolls,
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February 27, 1996
Intro. to the New Testament
by Judith Otterburn