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The (Im)purity Levels of Communal Meals within the Qumran Movement
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Ancient Judaism, ISSN 1869-3296, E-ISSN 2196-7954, Vol. 7, no 1, 102-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Scholars usually take for granted that the sectarian members of the Qumran movement ate their common meals in full purity at a level that is often compared to that of the priests serving in the temple. This assumption rests on the interpretation of hatohorah, "the purity," as pertaining to common meals. But a careful study of a range of texts, including the important Tohorot A, leads to a more nuanced picture. Accordingly, it is important to distinguish between the common, everyday meals of the movement and the special meals. Whereas a mild level of impurity of the participants was accepted at the ordinary type of communal meals, special meals required purity. Even at these pure meals, there were variations concerning the required level of purity depending on the occasion.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, 102-122 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311210DOI: 10.13109/jaju.2016.7.1.102ISI: 000388244800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311210DiVA: diva2:1059018
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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