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The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy

Daniel K. Falk

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199207237
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199207237.003.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy

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Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet there is still much uncertainty about how this developed within Judaism and why. Scrolls from Qumran provide the most important corpus of evidence to shed light on the critical period during the days of the Second Temple. This article presents a case study for prayer in ancient Judaism. It is organized around the types of questions being asked: questions of definition and classification, textual questions, historical questions, questions concerning context, and questions of ideology and theology. There is a good deal of overlap between these categories, but they are be treated separately for heuristic purposes.

Keywords: prayer; ideology; theology; Judaism; Qumran scrolls; Second Temple

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Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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