The religious beliefs of the Qumran community

Timothy H. Lim

in The Dead Sea Scrolls

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780192806598
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776205 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The religious beliefs of the Qumran community

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‘The religious beliefs of the Qumran community’ explores the beliefs of Qumran Jews. Judaism is a way of life rather than a common faith, but common beliefs are held. The Doctrine of the Two Spirits says that God divided men into those with good spirits and those with evil ones. Qumrans believed that a man's spirit could be judged physically. Jews also believe that they are God's chosen people, and as such they have a series of covenants with Yahweh. The Qumran believe that they are a remnant of true believers that have not strayed from God. Thus, the ‘New Covenant’ is actually a renewal of their existing agreement.

Keywords: chosen people; community; covenant; doctrine; Ephraim; Qumran

Chapter.  1642 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Archaeology ; Biblical Studies

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