John2 wrote:I do think that the various sects that joined the Fourth Philosophy would have brought their writings with them when they joined up (like 1QSa/1QS).
Most scrolls were written before the first century, so the "fourth philosophy" is irrelevant.
John2 wrote:But in my view, the writings that refer to the Teacher of Righteousness are the last DSS writings, and they refer to a "new covenant," and here the sons of Zadok are understood esoterically.
There you go still asserting stuff without justification.
John2 wrote:And in what Vermes calls "A Midrash on the Last Days" (4Q174),...
Vermes is not a trustworthy source for translated scrolls. He is too busy reading his preconceptions into the texts. A better popular translation is Wise, Abegg & Cook, with the now out-of-date title The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
, HarperSanFrancisco. Three excellent
scrolls scholars without an axe to grind. The standard translation is still Brill/Eerdmans The Dead Sea Scrolls: Study Edition
, Florentino Garcia Martinez and Eibert JC Tigchelaar, which comes with the Hebrew text.
...the sons of Zadok are said to "follow [their own inclination] apart from the Council of the Community":
Interpreted, this saying [concerns] those who turn aside from the way [of the people]; as it is written in the book of Isaiah the Prophet concerning the last days, It came to pass that [the Lord turned me aside, as with a mighty hand, from walking in the way of] this people (Isa. 8:2). They are those of whom it is written in the book of Ezekiel the Prophet, The Levites [strayed far from me, following] their idols (Ezek. XLIV, 10). They are the sons of Zadok who [seek their own] counsel and follow [their own inclination] apart from the Council of the Community.
So the meaning of sons of Zadok is not consistent in the DSS.
And did you expect works from different sources to be consistent?