Isaiah Pesher


This particular manuscript quotes several verses from Isaiah 5 concerning punishment or destruction, and applies them to the "arrogant men" who are in Jerusalem. We know from other scrolls at Qumran that the people who wrote many of the scrolls had serious conflicts and disagreements with the religious leaders in Jerusalem over the proper way to conduct worship in the Temple. Most scholars think that the community of the Dead Sea Scrolls was led by a group of priests who thought that the Jerusalem priests were corrupt. The group at Qumran therefore started their own community in which they tried to live pure and righteous lives, away from th corrupting influence of Jerusalem.