Hurtado wants to show in this paper that the Qumran sect was a group that had a combined belief that history was significant, with a strong hope for the future. This attitude can be demonstrated to be similar to that of the Gospels. This gives strong support for believing that the earliest Christians could have had both strong apocalyptic hopes and an interest in the historical Jesus.
Source: Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1968. 10 pages.