The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (dss) in 1947 substantially transformed ideas surrounding Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. Up to now, Islamic scholars have paid little attention to dss, primarily because of the perception that dss are an exclusively Judeo-Christian matter. However, a common research field has grown out of dss, one that compels an Islamic response that will answer certain unaddressed queries. Therefore, in this hermeneutic synopsis, nature, history and an exposition of Aṣḥāb al-kahf are expounded in the light of references from dss, Second Temple Judaism, early Christian history, the history of the Roman Empire and astounding connections found in the Qurʾān. This delineated and innovative method may be called the “Five-Pronged Juxtaposing” approach, and it is entirely different from existing perspectives.1
Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin“The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism” p. 78-91. They cite “Some 50000 to 100000 Jews were themselves crucified by the Romans in the first century”. Available at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/jesus.html.
Dr Brown says “In1984one of the Scrolls’ scholars suggested that the ‘Teacher of Righteousness’ described in the Dead Sea scrolls refers to either Jesus or James and his opponent the ‘Man of the Lie’ ‘the Wicked Priest’ is Paul! This implies that the Dead Sea scrolls both validate Jesus as a prophet and expose Paul as a corrupter of his teachings”. See http://leveltruth.com/?p=120.