From the Damascus Covenant to the Covenant of the Community: Literary, Historical, and Theological Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 621 pages
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The focus of this volume is a history of covenantal theology in the Dead Sea Scrolls. At the heart of the work the author provides new insight into the origins of the "new covenant in the land of Damascus" ("Damascus covenant") and of the Qumran community ("covenant of the community"). The "Damascus covenant" arose as a national restoration movement in 3rd century BC Palestine among Jews who traced their history back to the returnees from exile. The Qumran community emerged out of the Damascus covenant in the 2nd century BC as a refuge for the faithful when the Damascus covenant and the Teacher of Righteousness suffered the betrayal of some of their adherents. Other chapters explore the topics of dualism, the righteousness of God in the thanksgiving hymns, and covenant renewal.
 

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Contents

Covenant Law and the Righteousness of God
1
Depart from Judah?
12
and the ZechariahEzekiel Midrash CD XIX713b
29
The Identity of the New Covenant in the Land
43
The Biblical and Theological Foundations
77
The Origins of the Damascus Covenant
141
of the Samaritans
182
all Israel
196
The Origins and Function of Qumran Dualism
319
Anthropological Dualism in 1QS ffl13IV26
341
Qumran Dualism
365
A Study in the hodayot of Qumran
409
Covenant Renewal in the Dead Sea Scrolls
461
CD III17brV12a and the Origins of the Qumran
493
Summary and Concluding Observations
535
Bibliography
555

From the Damascus Covenant to the Qumran
233
from Impurity
277
of the Development of Halakah
296

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Stephen Hultgren, Ph.D. (2001) in New Testament studies, Duke University, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University. He is the author of Narrative Elements in the Double Tradition: A Study of Their Place within the Framework of the Gospel Narrative (Walter de Gruyter, 2002).

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