Galilee Region much larger than around the sea After return, a resurgence of commitment to God and the Torah
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 Video
Galilee All their trials were from disobedience The more persecution, the stronger the commitment – Hellenism
Caves where families hid
Top-Notch Education Memorize the Torah by 12/13 The best of those could continue – Bet Midrash Best of those could choose to study under a Rabbi Galilee considered the Yale, Oxford of Jewish, Rabbinic study – better than Jerusalem The entire population knew the text
Jeremiah 31:33-34 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
What does it take to be a disciple? What does that level of commitment look like in our culture? Do you have what it takes?
Essenes A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
Storage cave #9
Word of God Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away – Matthew 24:35 40% Books of the Tenakh – not Esther 30% Apocryphal books 30% “Secular” texts – rules of Jewish sects Before this the earliest copies of the Bible were from around 1,000 AD Proof the Bible changed very little through time
Qumran waterway Living Water
Who was here? Many who came were wealthy members of the Priestly lines Passionate about the word of God Some studied for a short time and left Some stayed for long periods John the Baptist could have studied here
Priest house in Jerusalem They gave up much to study the Word of God
Priestly gate and walkway
What would it take today to have the passion of the Essenes? What is my commitment to the Word of God?