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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Characteristic ideas of the apocalyptic tradition not only contributed to Dead Sea sectarian thought but underwent equally characteristic developments in the Qumran community. The idea of the origin of evil was fully developed into a fully dualistic and deterministic view of the world; the apocalyptic division of history into periods and the expectation that God would intervene to bring an end to evil in the world profoundly influenced the worldview of the community, which considered itself as living in the last of these periods. While sectarian literature represents genuine continuity with the apocalyptic worldview, it adapted the earlier apocalyptic tradition in its own ways.