Talk:Jubilees, Book of

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The Dead Sea Scrolls contain fascinating scriptures that were once used in Judaism and Christianity but fell out of favor in later times. These lesser well-known texts include the Book of Jubilees and the Book of Enoch, which contain stories about fallen angels mating with humans that lead to God's wrath and the great flood.

Correspondingly, the Divine Principle teaches that the fall of humanity was related to the carnal sin of the angel Lucifer's sexual intercourse with Eve. In this way, the Book of Jubilees echoed the religious insights of Reverend Sun Myung Moon about humanity's inclination toward sexual sin.

The Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran have been lauded as the single most important archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. This high honor comes from the fact that the scrolls provide a treasure chest of information about both Second Temple Judaism and messianic Jewish sectarianism. The scrolls are also tremendously significant for the insights they garner about the theological climate in which Christianity emerged. They show that some Jewish sects at the time (perhaps the Essenes), lived with the clear expectation of the immanent return of the Messiah, as well a vivid eschatological picture about the anticipated battle between good and evil. Some first century C.E. Jews saw their messianic hopes realized and manifested in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Jewish expectation of a “Messiah” (“anointed one”), found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is also described in Unification thought. The Divine Principle states, "Such was their messianic expectation [that] God sent this Messiah in the person of Jesus Christ... [who came] to fulfill the purpose of God’s work of salvation." (pg. 95) However, it adds that Jesus' mission was precluded by the failure of John the Baptist to adequately prepare the masses for Jesus' messianic event. Thus, the fruition of cosmic restoration and the three blessings could not come to pass, as had been intended at this time. The Dead Sea Scrolls thus demonstrate that there was a Messianic hope among some Jewish sects but also show that this expectation was not universally held by all Jews around the time of Jesus. In fact, the scrolls exhibit a great range of beliefs in Judiasm, which is reflected in their heterogeneous contents.
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