At 12:26 AM 7/16/2002 -0600, you wrote:
>Bob Schacht writes:
>"It is unknown in the history of Judaism to hold that the religious leader
Please don't shoot the messenger. I did not *write* that sentence; I
>What about 4Q521? Not an explicit deification of the Messiah, but certainly
>an ascription of divine powers.
>On a similar note (similar in that it is Qumranic), there is also the
>"self-glorification hymn" (as designated by Esther Eshel)
>"I shall be reckoned with the angels, my dwelling is in the holy council.
>Who [...] and who has been despised like me? And who has been rejected of
>men like me? And who compares to me in enduring evil? No teaching compares
>to my teaching. For I sit [...] in heaven. Who is like me among the angels?
>Who could cut off my words? And who could measure the flow of my lips? Who
>can associate with me and thus compare with my judgment? I am the beloved of
>the King, a companion of the holy ones and none can accompany me. And to my
>glory none can compare, for I [...]. Neither with gold I will crown myself,
>nor with refined gold [...]"
>[4Q431 and 4Q427 fr.7]
>The author (thought by some to be the Teacher of Righteousness) has just
>Calgary, Alberta Canada
Thanks for this interesting text. You'll have to take it up with the author
of the article.