Deadright By The Dead Sea Scrolls

Ezra Azra

© Copyright 2024 by Ezra Azra
Michelangelo - Sistine chapel ceiling at Wikimedia Commons.
Michelangelo - Sistine chapel ceiling at Wikimedia Commons.

In 1947 the discovery began of written records of a Society of people that lived in the arid countryside which is continuous with the northwest shores of the Dead Sea in Palestine, less than twenty miles East of the present-day site of Jerusalem. The records date from at least a thousand years before Jesus. Some contents pertaining to religion, predate the oldest contents of our Bibles by centuries.

So far, over twenty-five thousand records have been found. Some have been deciphered from the many original native languages. Most of the records have not yet been deciphered. The records are of various ordinary secular civic and personal activities such as business transactions, marriage, divorce.

Among the records of religion are some beliefs that not only are older than the oldest books of our Bibles, but are, as well, radically different in interpretations.

The Scrolls cover such a long stretch of continuous history, that it’s not unreasonable to expect beliefs seminal to their religion continued into our times to be found in them. However, inexplicably so far, such is not the case.

The most radical of all different interpretations has to be that almighty god Jehovah, was a junior far-from-perfect god among the many gods. No other explanation, supported by credible evidence, has been offered of why there is no mention of Jehovah in the Scrolls. In the beginning, no mention of the god who, in a few centuries, was to become the only accepted supreme god of the local Hebrews?

This absence in the Scrolls is confirmed in the Bible in the words of Jehovah himself: “I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by the name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” Absence of mention of him by name in the Scrolls dares to suggest either he was not there at all, or his presence at that time was of no significance.

Because Jehovah was a junior god, some of his childish inventions were not accepted as worthwhile additions to Creation.

Jehovah’s Eden was ignored and dismissed as mere immature antics.

Eden, begun perfect, became forbidden, because of Jehovah’s immature negligence, to the very lives for which it was created. All Jehovah’s creations beyond Eden became accursed. Horrifically and cruelly ironic, the adult gods obliged Jehovah himself to downgrade his creations, in his own spoken words, to ugly realities, and, given to childishness, he did it with willing and spontaneous and over-the-top ugly vengeful zest:

The Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly thou shalt go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

The adult gods were not amused by an almighty god mixing divinity with dust in the creation of human life, which is what Jehovah did in his creation of the first two humans, Adam and Eve. Inanimate dust inserted into divine nature, or the other way, was bound to make divinity a failure. The story of Eden, to this day, is about the failure of the divinity in humanity; of Jehovah’s signal failure at Creation.

Nowhere in the Scrolls is there any indication that there was an attempt by other gods to offer an alternative to Jehovah’s failures. But, then, to this day, is not an irrelevant meaningless childish thing done by a child, quite naturally, normally, healthily, and necessarily ignored by mature adults?

So far, there is nothing found in the Scrolls about “made in the image of god.” Nor is there anything in the Scrolls about gods having imitable forms. Omissions of such facts crucial to a people’s theology can mean only that the facts did not exist, and, hence, that part of that people’s theology was not yet in existence.

Jehovah’s failure, in the eyes of the other gods, was exacerbated by his failure to carry out his repeated threats to exterminate his stiff-necked humans, and to start again; Noah’s flood being the first of such a half-hearted attempt that eventually proved to be an utter failure that remedied nothing.

It was particularly childish of Jehovah to burden one of his own lesser creations, a serpent, to take the blame for Eden’s failure, especially since the serpent is pointedly described as the most intelligent among the animals created by Jehovah. That intelligence, clearly, did not have a mature origin.

An adult almighty god would have seen the future that revealed the failure of Adam and Eve, and the failure of that god’s righteous intention. Surely, a mature adult god would have prevented such a future.

It suits the behavior of a brattish child that the cautionary revelations of the future were ignored; and that his special gift to the serpent in particular was allowed to be abused into criminal disobedience deserving of everlasting extreme punishment.

Only a seriously immature mind would make the pursuit of knowledge a sin. Were all those temple doctors sinners who engaged the twelve-year old Jesus in questions and answers about Ancient Scriptures? Since when after failed Eden had Jehovah made knowledge his “business”?

While there is no mention found, so far, in the Scrolls of Jehovah’s escapades in Egypt, mention of them elsewhere clearly show an out-of-control wayward mischievous cruel child delighting in doings with lice and frogs and flies and boils and a very grievous murrain upon asses, camels, cattle, oxen, horses, sheep. “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and multiply my signs and my wonders for to show thee my power and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.”

The same childish god whose negligence brought about criminal behavior by Adam and Eve and that serpent; criminal behavior that Jehovah reveled in brutally punishing.

That same childish god took evil joy in repeatedly despotically hardening Pharaoh’s heart into evil conduct, on at least ten occasions!

Some scholars are puzzled by the absence of two crucial mentions, so far, in the Scrolls. First, the absence of mention of that prophecy so seminal in Judaism: of the Messiah. Why the puzzle? Because there is no mention of Jehovah, there is no need to mention a need for a Messiah who, after all, is the remedy needed where there are only Jehovah blunders of defective creations.

Second, there is no mention of the existence of evil in the time of the Scrolls; no mention of Satan. Satan, he who roams so freely nowadays, even with impunity into Heaven into the presence of Almighty God Jehovah, with whom he chitchats and kibitzes; according to the Bible’s Book of Job.

Has the world become most brazenly unrighteous since the era of the Scrolls? Can there be any doubt nowadays about the worsening of the world when at present in Jehovah’s original first choice of place on Earth he made in those first six days, there is unbridled in-your-face-evil war murdering thousands of children, Hebrew, Jew, Palestinian, Other?

And childish brattish immature Jehovah, God Almighty, is content to look on, and do nothing to stop the infanticidal holocaust.

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