Christian Origins: Worship, Belief and Society by Kieran J. O'Mahony & Milltown Institute Of Theology &

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39 A proof of the Qumran group's esteem for the Temple worship in itself is that one of the community's Apocryphal psalms declares that 33. This work is difficult to date; conjectures fluctuate between 250 BCE and the first century CE; cf. Shutt (1985: 8-9). 34. Shutt 1985: 19. 35. Shutt 1985: 19. 36. The Psalms of Solomon have been dated to 'the last century before the turn of the era'; cf. Wright (1985: 641). 37. 8-9; see Garcia Martinez (1996: 35, 36, 47, 202). 38. Cf. 11-12; Garcia Martinez (1996: 37).

4, where one text tradition has qareba = offered, and the other has baseha = come. See Charles (1912: 92). 38 Christian Origins The Lord was enthroned on the kapporet over the ark, the place of atonement. The ascent of the human figure in Enoch's parable was associated with the offering of blood before the throne, which must have been the offering on the Day of Atonement. What, then, happened on the Day of Atonement? This was one of the issues on which Israel had gone astray, according to the Damascus Document.

42 But the apocalyptists could look beyond the present tragedy to the time when God would renew all things. In 2 (Syriac) Baruch, which was also written around 100 CE, we read as follows: 40. Garcia Martinez 1996: 309. 41. Sanders 1985: 61-76; Dunn 1991: 47-49. 42. OTP: I, 546. See also 2 Bar. 5-19; OTP: 1,624. 22 Christian Origins We should not, therefore, be so sad regarding the evil which has come now [the destruction of the Temple in 587 BCE], but much more (distressed) regarding that which is in the future [the destruction in 70 CE].

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