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Bibil Identifier bibil:204265
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Archaeology of Sectarianism
Title (English, ) Ritual, Resistance and Hierarchy in Kh. Qumran
Author Regev, Eyal
Journal Revue de Qumrân (Volume: 24, Issue: 2, Other numbering: 94)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 175-213 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The archeological record from kh. Qumran is examined without regard to the scrolls in order to understand the 'ideology' of the inhabitants and whether they can be defined as a sect. The enormous quantity of tableware indicates ritualization of meals to the exclusion of others (implying strong social boundaries), a practice that is common among elite groups. Resistance is manifested in the animal bone deposits which attest to meat consumption as a sacred ritual. Resistance is also expressed by the distinctive and identical mode of burial. Social hierarchy and ritualization are indicated by ritual baths with multiple partitions. Several rings may also indicate the presence of women. In conclusion, the rituals and resistance are consistent with sectarian ideology. The connection between the inhabitants of kh. Qumran and the Yahad sect is probable, although not necessarily direct.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (Q - S) : Qumran, Khirbet / Ein Feshkha
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Worship
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