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The Qumran Melchizedek Scroll and the Gospel of Mark: Coherence and contrast in soteriology

Byrne, Brendan (2014) The Qumran Melchizedek Scroll and the Gospel of Mark: Coherence and contrast in soteriology. Pacifica, 27 (2). pp. 123-148. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

The text from Cave 11 of Qumran known as the ‘Melchizedek Scroll’ and the canonical Gospel of Mark have some noteworthy features in common. This article surveys the two documents from the soteriological aspect, noting areas of comparison and also of difference. The most noteworthy aspect of comparison consists in the fact that both see divinely appointed agents of liberation – Melchizedek and Jesus, respectively – as addressing a pre-existing human situation of captivity to the demonic, a captivity brought about through sin. Both documents likewise portray the redemptive figures as effecting liberation from this condition through an act of expiation that amounts to a culminating and final instance of the high priest’s action on the yearly Day of Atonement.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Demonic, Gospel of Mark, Melchizedek, Qumran Melchizedek Scroll (11Q13), soteriology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 05:14
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2062

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