Nibley is not alone pointing out parallels between the Qumran texts and Mormon scripture. William J. Hamblin complains that "the critics (of Mormonism) have never explained why we find close linguistic and literary parallels between the figure Mahujah in Dead Sea Scrolls Aramaic fragments of the Book of Enoch and Mahijah questioning Enoch in the book of Moses (Moses 6:40)." (46) Gaye Strathearn suggests several points of contact between the Genesis Apocryphon (1QapGen) discovered at Qumran and the LDS Book of Abraham. (47) Stephen E. Robinson points to numerous similarities between the Qumran community and the Latter-day Saints. He notes that the Qumranites wrote important information on metal, they believed in baptism(s) by immersion, (48) their community was led by a council of twelve men with three governing priests, they had sacred meals of bread and wine administered by priests, (49) and they believed in continuing revelation through a prophetic leader. He writes, "All of this leads to the conclusion that in many ways the Essenes may have been closer to the (Mormon) gospel than other Jewish sects." (50) As with defenses of the Book of Mormon, more examples could be listed. In light of the growing participation of LDS scholars in Scrolls research we can be sure that many more will be brought to our attention.
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