Sunday School Lesson on the Dead Sea Scrolls
Just finished a two week lesson series on the Dead Sea Scrolls at my church, FBC Parker, to give them an introduction to the scrolls and other extra-biblical literature. All in all, they seemed to find it useful. Here’s what I basically covered, if you’re looking for ideas.
- Short history of the scrolls and their discovery.
- Discussion on the types of literature in the scrolls.
- The DSS naming system.
- Reading from the Rule of the Community.
- Reading of 4Q525 (4QBeatitudes).
- Short discussion of who wrote them (i.e., Essene or not).
- Reading of part of a pesher, 1Q14.
- Discussion of how the DSS have affected OT textual criticism.
- Discussion of what significance the DSS and the pseudepigrapha have on NT interpretation, with special focus on John the Baptist, Jude, and Revelation.
- Reading of 4Q521, the "Messianic Apocalypse."
- Readings of selections of 1 Enoch (chapters 1 (for the discussion of Jude), 24 and 25 (for the discussion of Revelation)).