New discoveries and arguments about Messiah in "Dead Sea Scrolls."
Many older Bible commentaries discuss the type of messiah that the Jews at the time of Jesus were looking for. These older commentaries often state that a King David-type king that would free the Jews from the Romans was the archetypical messianic figure. However, the "Dead Sea Scrolls" shed a different light on Second Temple Jewish messianic expectations. There is, for example, some evidence in the scrolls that the messiah would be divine and that the messiah would suffer.
Israel Knohl, Chair of the Bible Department at Hebrew University, bases his argument on two hymns found in the Dea…
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