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4Q521 or the 4QMessianic Apocalypse is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

4Q521 comprises two larger fragments.[1] The original editor was Jean Starcky,[2] though translation revisions have been proposed by Émile Puech.[3]

The text begins:

(1) [for the heav]ens and the earth will listen to his Messiah, (2) [and all] that is in them will not turn away from the holy precepts. Be encouraged, you who are seeking the Lord in his service! (4) Will you not, perhaps, encounter the Lord in it, all those who hope in their heart? (5) For the Lord will observe the devout, and call the just by name, .[4]

The subject of the text is eschatological[5] and makes connection the healing ministry of the Messiah.[6] 4Q521 may be related to other apocalyptic end-time texts, 4QSecond Ezekiel[7] 4QApocryphon of Daniel,[8] and has been studied in relation to Gospel of Luke's Messianic Magnificat and Benedictus and especially striking is the comparison with Luke 7:22 about raising the dead.[9]


  1. ^ Albert L. A. Hogeterp Expectations of the end: a comparative traditio-historical study ...2009 - Page 277 4Q521 (4QMessianic Apocalypse) The composition 4Q521, generally designated as 'MessianicApocalypse',112 comprises two larger fragments (frgs. 2 ii + 4 and frgs. 71–8 + 5 ii7–16)113 with evidence relevant for the discussion of resurrection.
  2. ^ King, priest, prophet: positive eschatological protagonists of the ... - Page 98 Géza G. Xeravits - 2003 MESSIANIC APOCALYPSE (4Q521)70 4.1. Introduction Fragments of 4Q521 were found in Qumran Cave 4.71 The significance of this Hebrew composition was already noticed by its original editor, Jean Starcky, when he introduced the various MSS
  3. ^ Qumran studies: new approaches, new questions - Page 211 Michael T. Davis, Brent A. Strawn - 2007 -"The translation of this and other phrases from 4Q521 incorporates the modifications proposed by Puech, “Some Remarks on 4Q246 and 4Q521,” 553; for the Hebrew text of 4Q521 and restorations of this and other phrases, see Puech, ..."
  4. ^ The Dead Sea scrolls translated: the Qumran texts in English - Page 394 Florentino García Martínez, W. G. E. Watson - 1996 "4QMessianic Apocalypse (4Q521) Frag. 2 col. 1 1 / [for the heav]ens and the earth will listen to his Messiah, 2 [and all] that is in them will not turn away from the holy precepts. j Be encouraged, you who are seeking the Lord in his ...
  5. ^ Rodrigo J. Morales The Spirit and the Restoration of Israel Duke University 2007, 2010 Page 55 "4Q521: The Messiah, the Spirit, and the Eternal Kingdom - Though also fragmentary in nature, the so-called Messianic Apocalypse (4Q521) presents a fascinating conjunction of eschatological themes and serves as a fitting transition to the ...
  6. ^ The Jewish context of Jesus' miracles - Page 189 Eric Eve - 2002 "The Messianic Apocalypse (4Q521) Several fragments of the text of the Messianic Apocalypse survive, but the one that has ... 7 1 -73 , for a more recent attempt to make a close connexion between 4Q521 and Jesus' healing ministry. 47.
  7. ^ Messiah and exaltation: Jewish messianic and visionary traditions ... - Page 151 Andrew Chester - 2007 "4QSecond Ezekiel (= 4Q385-388) and 4Q521. Both are fragmentary, and their meaning is correspondingly fragile and uncertain; equally, neither may have been produced by the Qumran sect, although that point is certainly debatable."
  8. ^ The time of salvation: an analysis of 4QApocryphon of Daniel Page 188 Årstein Justnes - 2009 "On the basis of this detailed treatment of the three texts, the images they present of the time of salvation are compared in a synthetic presentation."
  9. ^ Echoes from the caves: Qumran and the New Testament - Page 119 Florentino García Martínez - 2009 4Q521 AND LUKE'S MAGNIFICAT AND BENEDICTUS Stephen Hultgren Department of Theology, Fordham University The purpose of this paper is to compare the fascinating text in 4Q521 2 II 1–15 with Luke's Magnificat and Benedictus in order to ...

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