Blood, Violence, and Death: The Wrath of God and His Messiah

Another great blog post over on “Scribes of the Kingdom.” Alex never disappoints. I highly recommend his site and all that he posts. He is careful, dives deep, and always offers fresh new insight on biblical things–especially early emerging Christianity. Don’t miss this one:

John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A “Cosmic Messiah” Who Raises the Dead?

One of the more intriguing of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a fragment now titled “Messianic Apocalypse” (4Q521). This text contains three rather striking features that are of particular significance for comparing the apocalyptic beliefs and expectations of the Qumran community with the emerging early Christian movement. First, the text…