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Teacher of Righteousness
If you know anything about the Dead Sea Scrolls, you will have heard about the ‘Teacher of Righteousness’. He is one of
the Two Witnesses …. And hence from your previous research, you should be able to discern the following website, and
excerpts I have taken from it.

 Yet before doing so, realize that these confirming End Time Scriptures, were found in 1947, not 1948. The beginning of the
End, last generation, 70 Years of Moses and David started in 1947, with the birth of our King David. It had nothing to do with
the forced unilateral decision of the usurping worldly Israelis to declare themselves a nation in 1948. 1947 was the birth year of
our NEW NATION, and appropriately, the Lord allowed the discovery of scriptures and truths to confirm it.

  SEE    http://humanities.uchicago.edu/journals/jsjournal/klitenic.html

But do read with discernment …… (Excerpts)

Behold the nations and see, marvel and be astonished; for I accomplish a deed in your days, but you will not believe it when]
told. They, the men of violence and the breakers of the Covenant, will not believe when they hear all that [is to happen to] the
final generation from the Priest [in whose heart] God set [understanding] that he might interpret all the words of His servants
the Prophets, through whom He foretold all that would happen to his people and [His land]. (1QpHab II, 5-10)

In the passage, the Teacher is a priest who has the divine power to interpret Scripture, namely the Prophetic Books.
Moreover, the Teacher prefers the Prophets because God imparted them with the knowledge of what is to come in the
generation of the Teacher. The Teacher is given knowledge by God to understand these prophets so he can likewise teach the
people righteousness and
prevent their destruction at the end of days. This passage reveals much about the Communityâ
€™s theology of
prophecy. The Teacher was chosen long ago by God to prepare the remnant for the end of days; the
prophets were likewise sent generations ago to prepare for this event.14

Who is the Teacher of Righteousness? Difficulties arise when one tries to describe the Teacher of Righteousness; however, the
complexity that most affects the description deals with whether to place the figure in the past or in the future. Many point to
this ambiguity in a midrash of Num 21:18 that is in the Damascus Document.26 Unlike other passages in the same document,
the figure mentioned here is in the future.

The well is the Law, and those who dug it were the converts of Israel who went out of the land of Judah to sojourn in the land
of Damascus....The Staff is the Interpreter of the Law of whom Isaiah said, He makes a tool for His work; and the nobles of the
peoples are those who come to dig the well with the
staffs with which the staff ordained that they should walk in all age of
wickedness- and without them they shall find nothing- until he comes who shall
teach righteousness at the end of days. (CD,
Here, confusion arises because the titles ‘Interpreter of the Law’ and ‘Teacher of Righteousness’ are
interchangeable.27  The Teacher must have a role in both the past and the future: he is a figure of the community’s past as
its founder and writer of its law. But, the law he writes is pertinent to the eschaton, for by following this law as divinely
interpreted by the Teacher, community members can bring about the
endtime. This ‘dual’ nature of the Teacher,
however, should not be overexaggerated.
The Teacher himself is in no way a messianic figure. He will not return at the
endtime, but he does anticipate the arrival of his eschatological counterpart.28 It should also be made clear in the initial stages of
this inquiry what the Teacher of Righteousness is not:
he is not John the Baptist, he is not Jesus Christ, and we cannot
attribute a specific, personal name to him.29  But, the reader can paint a general portrait of the Teacher. Based on the way the
Teacher interprets the Law in the Pesherim and the way he describes his experiences in the Hodayot, it seems that he is priest
who writes divinely inspired interpretations of the Law. He is a figure in the past who
prepares his community for the
imminent end.

Teacher as Priest   ...The evidence clearly shows that the T of R is a priest: this is explicit in textual evidence and suggested
contextually based on the T of R’s concerns. For instance, in the pesher on Ps 37:23-24 (4QpPs 1-10 iii 15):

The steps of the man are confirmed by the Lord and He delights in all his ways; though [he stumbles, he shall not fall, for the
Lord shall support his hand] (23-4). Interpreted, this concerns the Priest, the Teacher [of Righteousness] whom God chose to
stand before Him, for He established him to build for Himself the congregation of...

Here, the Teacher is a priest who establishes the Community based on the will of God: the priest is chosen by God. As a
priest, the Teacher is concerned with
purity and the proper ordering of the Temple. Moreover, he behaves as a priest when
the reader sees him on a more personal level. This is evident throughout the Thanksgiving Hymns, many of which can be typed
as introspective confessions in the style of the priest-prophet Jeremiah. It is also clear that the Teacher is a priest based on the
way priests are regarded throughout the Dead Sea Scrolls. Members of the Council of the Community (the
elect of Israel) are
known as sons of Zadok, the Priests; the Law of Moses has been revealed to these men.30  God raises these priests and they
will be called by name at the end of days.31

Teacher as Prophet

Although the Teacher does not share many of the traits that the ancient prophets hold in common, he is clearly a prophet; his
visions can be understood as a correct understanding or ordering of words through divine revelation of scripture. In this sense,
the Teacher sees more. On the most basic level, the Teacher is unlike the other prophets because he does not have visions that
come in the form of dream-like scenes—he is not a seer with a ‘third eye.’ However, a deeper understanding of the
meaning of prophecy shows that the Teacher is similar to the biblical prophets

The Teacher is similar to the other prophets both in his manner of interpretation and the reasons behind his revelation. In the
following passage, the Teacher is similar to the prophets in a number of ways:

And they, teachers of lies and seers of falsehood,
have schemed against me a devilish scheme,
to exchange the Law engraved on my hear to Thee
for the smooth things (which they speak) to Thy people.
And they withhold from the thirsty the drink of Knowledge, and assuage their thirst with vinegar...
(1 QH IV, 8-10)
Conclusion of 'Teacher of Righteousness' - Part 2