Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls


By (author) John J. Collins

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802828876
  • ISBN 13: 9780802828873
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 457,928

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With the full publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, fresh analysis of the evidence presented can be and indeed, should be made. Beyond the Qumran Community does just that, reaching a surprising conclusion: the sect described in the Dead Sea Scrolls developed later than has usually been supposed and was never confi ned to the site of Qumran. / John J. Collins here deconstructs the Qumran community and shows that the sectarian documents actually come from a text spread throughout the land. He examines the Community Rule, or Yahad, and considers the Teacher of Righteousness, a pivotal fi gure in the Essene movement. After examining the available evidence, Collins concludes that it is, in fact, overwhelmingly likely that the site of Qumran housed merely a single settlement of a very widespread movement."

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