The literal meaning of a path came to be used metaphorically in both OT and NT of the pattern of divine activity (Isa. 55: 8–9). In the NT Jesus is himself identified with the Way in as much as he opens up a new relationship with God (John 14: 4–6). The early disciples were known as followers of the Way (Acts 9: 2). The expression in Isa. 40: 3 may have been the origin of the term in the Qumran Manual of Discipline, where the monastic life of the community is described as ‘the Way’.