Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community, Volume 40

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BRILL, 2002 - Religion - 672 pages
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This volume is concerned with exploring sectarian attitudes toward wealth and the economic practices that gave rise to and issued from those attitudes. An introductory chapter establishes the state of the question. Three subsequent chapters focus on major sectarian texts: the Damascus Document, the Rule of the Community, and 4QInstruction A. Other sectarian and non-sectarian texts that mention wealth are discussed in a fifth chapter, while archaeological evidence from the Qumran region and contemporary documentary texts are introduced in chapters seven and eight. Finally, ancient secondary testimony on Essene economic practices is discussed. The book breaks new ground in arguing for several biblical rationales for the practice of shared wealth. Its integration of archaeological and documentary evidence sheds surprising new light on the economic organization of the Qumran community.
 

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Excellent detailed summary of the cemeteries appear the book. Whereas the cemeteries are not the main emphasis of her work their inclusion is important for those scholars trying to understand the people that lived in the region. My only regret is that some of the work to date on the cemetery has been done by non-specialists which account for numerous errors, however since she is not a physical anthropologist, she is not to be faulted.  

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
WEALTH IN THE DAMASCUS DOCUMENT
25
WEALTH IN THE RULE OF THE COMMUNITY
103
WEALTH IN INSTRUCTION
163
WEALTH IN OTHER LITERATURE FOUND
211
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF WEALTH
293
WEALTH IN DOCUMENTARY MATERIALS
361
SECONDARY TESTIMONY TO ESSENE
401
610
466
ii 310 466
490
APPENDIX B PARALLEL PASSAGES ON WEALTH
495
OUTLINE OF THE RULE OF THE COMMU
513
ARRANGEMENT OF THE RULES OF COM
519
APPENDIX F COMPARATIVE STRUCTURE OF VARIOUS
526
APPENDIX H THE DEAD SEA REGION
541
INDICES
573

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
447
Contents of Appendix
460

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About the author (2002)

Catherine M. Murphy, Ph.D. (1999) in New Testament, University of Notre Dame, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University in California. She has published or co-published three manuscripts in the "DJD" series.