Br. Usman Sheikh has continued to publish some very brilliant academic papers from his time at Heythrop College at the University of London. Here is the abstract for his latest publication:
This study will consider a popular text appearing in a rule or law book of the Qumran community (the Yahad), known as the Community Rule (also called Manual of Discipline, 1QS being its most complete manuscript). No discussion on the theme of messiahship in the community can afford to ignore this unique passage. A closer examination of pre-Christian Jewish documents has dispelled the notion of a “uniform system of messianic expectation in ancient Judaism.” In this brief study I cannot consider the breath of this diversity and will restrict myself to the exploration of just one expectation: the hopes for two messianic figures in some texts and how such an expectation might have come about. It will also be argued that caution is required when drawing conclusions about Jewish communities on the basis of the Qumran texts.
The full paper can be read or downloaded right here: