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Bibil Identifier bibil:223107
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Who is Making Dinner at Qumran?
Author Hempel, Charlotte
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 63, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 49-65 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article revisits the evidence of the Community Rule on commensality in the Yaḥad. Rather than offering a synthesis of various passages, as is customary in many discussions, the approach adopted here stresses significant differences between the description of the common meal in 1QS 6:2c–3, 4b–5 and the place of pure food and drink in the admissions process in 1QS 6:13b–23. The common meal emerges as a rather low-key and uncontroversial shared meal of standard Mediterranean staples preceded by a priestly blessing. The admissions process, on the other hand, is considered afresh against the background of halakhic texts such as 4QTohoraha (4Q274) 3 and 4QHarvesting (4Q284a). It is argued that partaking of the pure food and drink of the community is only the final stage in a more extended and laborious process of food production and preparation envisaged for gradually advancing new members.
DOI doi:10.1093/jts/fls053
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 : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 4Q - Qumran Cave 4 : 4Q274-283 - Tohorot
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 4Q - Qumran Cave 4 : 4Q284a - Harvesting
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