By John J. Collins

Because the photos of the useless Sea Scrolls have been published in 1992, there was an explosion of curiosity in them. This quantity explores the difficulty of apocalypticism within the Scrolls; how the notions of the 'end', Messianic expectation and everlasting existence affected the useless Sea sect, inspired Judaism and filtered into Christianity. Collins' quantity offers a worthy and available creation to the translation of the Scrolls, that is an informative addition to the sequence reading the most important issues of the Scroll texts.

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It is possible to argue that the apocalypses, specifically the Enoch tradition, represent an early stage of the movement that became the Dead Sea sect, before the Teacher of Righteousness came on the scene and the most distinctive ideas of the sect crystalized. I should 28 DANIEL, ENOCH AND RELATED LITERATURE prefer, however, to envisage a looser relationship. The books of Enoch and Jubilees were composed over a considerable length of time, surely more than the twenty years allowed by the Damascus Document for the period of blindness before the coming of the Teacher.

The angels initially come down “to teach men to do what is just and right on earth” (4:15), and are subsequently attracted to human women. As in Enoch, the spirits of the giants become evil spirits on earth, and after the Flood, “the unclean demons began to lead the children of Noah’s sons astray and to mislead them and destroy them” (Jub 10:1). They were created for the purpose of destroying (Jub 10:5–6), although they were not part of the original creation. These spirits now have a leader, Mastema, who is described as a prince, and who bears a strong resemblance to the Satan of Hebrew Scriptures.

The book of Daniel is notoriously lacking in enthusiasm for the Maccabean revolt, which it regards as, at most, “a little help” (Dan 11:34), and can hardly be a product of the militant Hasidim. The Enochic books are compatible with the Hasidim insofar as they do support the Maccabees. But there is nothing in the references to the Hasidim in the Maccabean books to suggest that they shared the Enochic fascination with the heavenly world. So while it is possible that the “chosen righteous” of the Apocalypse of Weeks are the Hasidim, it is by no means certain that this is so.

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