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Messianic Apocalypse, 4Q521

Commonly referred to as the ‘Resurrection fragment’, this writing consists of sixteen fragments. The script is dated to the beginning of the first century BCE.

Fr. 2

II … [the hea]vens and the earth will listen to His Messiah, and none therein will stray from the commandments of the holy ones.
Seekers of the Lord, strengthen yourselves in His service!
All you hopeful in (your) heart, will you not find the Lord in this?
For the Lord will consider the pious (hasidim) and call the righteousby name.
Over the poor His spirit will hover and will renew the faithful with His power.
And He will glorify the pious on the throne of the eternal Kingdom.
He who liberates the captives, restores sight to the blind, straightens the b[ent] (Ps. cxlvi, 7-8).
And f[or] ever I will clea[ve to the h]opeful and in His mercy …
And the fr[uit … ] will not be delayed for anyone
And the Lord will accomplish glorious things which have never been as [He … ]
For He will heal the wounded, and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor (Isa. lxi, 1).
… He will lead the uprooted and make the hungry rich …

Fr. 7

… [the ear]th and all that is on it; and the sea [and all that is in it] and all the ponds of water and rivers who are doing good before the Lor[d] …
… like those who curse and are (destined) for death [when] the Lifegiver will raise the dead of His people.
And we will thank and proclaim to you the righteousness of the Lord, who …


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