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Bibil Identifier bibil:207941
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Meals and Politics in the Yaḥad
Title (English, ) A Reconsideration
Author Eckhardt, Benedikt
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 17, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 180-209 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The “Rule of the Community” (1QS) prescribes the organization of meals in a short and not very informative way, which has led to widespread speculations about the cultic significance and/or the political character of meals held in the yahad. This analysis seeks to show that there is nothing in the Qumran texts which justifies the designation of the meal as either “holy” or “political” in the sense usually given to that term. No anti-Hellenistic attitude is apparent. The meals are political in a different sense, designed to visualize hierarchies and to inscribe them into daily practice. Strategies employed for securing the status of priests make the use of semantics potentially associated with the cult understandable as the attempt to create a frame of reference which makes acceptance of priestly status in the community unavoidable.
DOI 10.1163/156851710X484550
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 1Q - Qumran Cave 1 : 1QS - Rule of the Community / Manual of Discipline
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Food
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