AN INTERESTING STATISTIC
- Which writings were most popular for the Qumran community ? 1) the Psalms - 37 MS
2) Deuteronomy - 30 MS
3) Isaiah - 29 MS
Which writings are most quoted or referred to in the NT ? 1) the Psalms - 68 times
2) Isaiah - 63 "
3) Deuteronomy - 39 "
(Numbers extracted from page xvii of "The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible" )
My conclusion. The same Biblical passages were important to the Essenes and the followers of Jesus, but because Isaiah 53 was used
by the early Christians as referring to the crucified Jesus, the number of quotations from Isaiah increased.
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