By Charlotte Hempel
The Damascus record is without doubt one of the most vital texts from the Qumran caves. half considered one of this better half bargains a lucid and updated creation to the entire manuscripts, together with the 8 lately released from Qumran Cave four. It additionally presents a evaluate of the foremost parts of scholarly learn in this vital Qumran textual content. half is dedicated to the lately released textual content 4QMiscellaneous ideas (4Q265; olim Serekh Damascus). this article has already develop into the topic of excessive curiosity between scholars of the useless Sea Scrolls as a result of its targeted courting to either the group Rule and the Damascus Document.
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Which was clearly regarded as an authoritative work by the author of this 3. Outline of the Contents of the Damascus Manuscripts 37 passage. Jubilees is referred to here as 'the book of the divisions of the times into their jubilees and weeks', a title remarkably similar to a phrase used in the Prologue to Jubilees itself. 15 (Baumgarten 1996: 63-64; Qimron 1992: 39; Hempel 1998: 72-76). 1; 4QDa 8 ii 1-9; 4QDe 6 ii 19-21; 4QDf 4 ii 7-16) This section comprises various laws dealing with oaths and vows.
The members of a group referred to as 'the house of Peleg' will be judged each according to their merits. 1-4) A final warning addresses apostate former members and non-members denying them a place in 'the midst of the camp' at the final judgment. 4 fragmentarily preserves the additional words '[those who hold] fast to the covenant' following this warning. 6-7) Manuscript B and with it the Admonition as known from the Cairo manuscripts breaks off with a final promise of salvation to the faithful who obey the law as well as the voice of the teacher.
The original Damascus Document goes back to the same circles as lie behind the Book of Jubilees and parts of 1 Enoch. 2. 9-10a. These additional warnings are characterized and were inspired by tensions between the community and external authorities. 3. 27a as well as numerous secondary additions. 33-34, cf. 12). Key concerns reflected in this material are the defection of community members and the death of the teacher. 1b-8a is identified as a secondary insertion addressing rebellious community members.
The Damascus texts by Charlotte Hempel