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Bibil Identifier bibil:217190
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Yaḥad—What is in a Name?
Author van der Kooij, Arie
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 18, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 109-128 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract What does the noun yaḥad in 1QS and related documents mean, and to what does it refer? In this article, which focuses on 1QS, it is suggested that the term yaḥad is best understood against the background of the expression “sitting together“ as attested in 11QTa 57:13 (about a council in session). Furthermore, regarding the question to what kind of organization the term refers, it is argued that two patterns are to be distinguished in 1QS, the first of which is comparable to the demos, the national assembly, as attested in 1 Maccabees, whereas the second one is marked by the emphasis on leading priests as guardians and interpreters of the Law. The conclusion is drawn that in 1QS the noun yaḥad does not refer to the movement at large, but to the community of the fully initiated (male) members who lived at several localities.
DOI 10.1163/156851711X570445
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 1Q - Qumran Cave 1 : 1QS - Rule of the Community / Manual of Discipline
Terms יַחַד יחד
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