The NIV Study Bible entry on the Intertestimental Period helped me formulate the table below.
|Writing Focus||Torah Only||“Law”||Dead Sea Scrolls|
|Power Base||Greek Gov’t.||Common People||Outcasts|
|Description||Ruling Class, including the High Priest, corruptly dependent on Greek Rule, and jealous of Christ’s popularity||Became the Rabbis. Built a “wall” around the Law to protect the people in Diaspora state. Some integration with the world||Called out of the world, little formal influence, might have included John the Baptist and Lehi, and the Savior|
|Likening to Today||High Priest like today’s Prophet or locally like the temple president, yet dependent upon government authority for position||The diaspora mindset makes them like the Stakes of the current church, scattered, and having to integrate with gentiles in some ways simply to survive and to spread the truth||Rejecting the temple as corrupt, and the integration with society as polluting, they separate themselves and attempt to work completely out of the system frameworks, like some apostate groups today|