Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 88 – Quest for the Second Copper Scroll, Part 2
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The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]
Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!
NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form. No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series. Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere. We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.
The hunt for the second scroll has led the CRT to the Old Testament city of Jericho. There they find compelling evidence that refutes past archeological assertions about the historical inaccuracy of the Bible. But as Jonathan and the others get closer to the second scroll, they learn not everyone is happy about their work. A group of self-proclaimed priests, the B’nai Essenes, have vowed to stop the CRT at any cost.
(Taken from here.)
The Essenes were a real group of Jewish teachers and it is thought they had a Teacher of Righteousness that lived there at the Qumran community, although there are many diferent theories about who it was that really lived there.
The Essenes (in Modern but not in Ancient Hebrew: אִסִּיִים, Isiyim; Greek: Εσσήνοι, Εσσαίοι, or Οσσαίοι, Essḗnoi, Essaíoi, Ossaíoi) were a sect ofSecond Temple Judaism that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE which some scholars claim seceded from the Zadokite priests.Being much fewer in number than the Pharisees and the Sadducees (the other two major sects at the time), the Essenes lived in various cities but congregated in communal life dedicated to asceticism, voluntary poverty, daily immersion, and abstinence from worldly pleasures, including (for some groups) celibacy. Many separate but related religious groups of that era shared similar mystic, eschatological, messianic, and ascetic beliefs. These groups are collectively referred to by various scholars as the “Essenes.” Josephus records that Essenes existed in large numbers, and thousands lived throughout Roman Judæa.
The Essenes have gained fame in modern times as a result of the discovery of an extensive group of religious documents known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are commonly believed to be Essenes’ library—although there is no proof that the Essenes wrote them. These documents include preserved multiple copies of the Hebrew Bible untouched from as early as 300 BCE until their discovery in 1946. Some scholars, however, dispute the notion that the Essenes wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rachel Elior questions even the existence of the Essenes.
The Essenes really did believe in two coming Messiahs.
At Qumran, on the other hand, among the Dead Sea Scrolls, we hear not of just one Messiah, but at least two Messiahs. Some of their writings talk about a Messiah of David that is a kind of kingly figure who will come to lead the war. But there’s also a Messiah of Aaron, a priestly figure, who will come to restore the Temple at Jerusalem to its proper purity and worship of God. In addition to these two major Messianic figures, we also hear of a prophet figure. (taken from here.)
There really have been houses found along the walls of Jericho, just like we read in the Biblical account of Rahab.
There are tombs to the north of Jericho that share interesting similarities to those at Qumran.
Archaeologists have found lots of grain stored in Jericho, which is in harmony with biblical account.
They also found amulets in the graveyards dating to the coming of the Israelites.
The Jericho quarry is a real place.
I’m not going to go into detail about the information presented in this episode.
There is a lot of historical information and the characters try to cram it all in within a short space of time. It is not easy to follow if one is not familiar with the names and places. It is even more difficult to follow if one is not an auditory learner.
The listener would get more out of it from listening multiple times and actually doing some research into the claims.