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Sectarianism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A narrow‐minded adherence to a particular sect (political, ethnic, or religious), often leading to conflict with those of different sects or possessing different beliefs. Sectarian...

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Qumran Calendars and Sectarianism

Sacha Stern.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religion in the Ancient World; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Christianity. 10084 words.

The main principles of Qumran calendars are known to most scholars, but only a small circle of specialists have studied them in detail. The centrality of the calendars to Qumran culture,...

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Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls

John J. Collins.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religion in the Ancient World; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Christianity. 10431 words.

It has been customary to speak of ‘the Qumran community’. This community is usually identified as an Essene settlement, and is widely assumed to have been celibate. However, this article...

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‘For the judgment is God's’ (Deut. 1: 17): Biblical and Communal Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Aharon Shemesh.

in Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean

October 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World. 6927 words.

Scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls often compare and contrast ‘sectarian law’ as opposed to ‘biblical law’. This chapter argues that this differentiation was not upheld by Qumran sectarians...

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Stephen Batman, Edmund Spenser, and Myth as an Art of Discernment

Anna-Maria Hartmann.

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

March 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 15956 words.

Stephen Batman’s Golden Booke of the Leaden Goddes (1577) was the first English Renaissance mythography. It consists of three sections on false gods: the first on pagan deities, the second...

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Women in Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Tal Ilan.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Religion in the Ancient World. 11508 words.

The question of women in Qumran is a recent one. The interest in, and awareness of, women on the site and in the scrolls was slow in coming, and associated with the emergence of...

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Constructing Ancient Judaism from the Scrolls

Martin Goodman.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Religion in the Ancient World. 5187 words.

Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls can be classified as religious documents of one kind or another, and all the studies since 1947 that have been devoted to their significance can be...

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The Origins and History of the Teacher's Movement

Michael O. Wise.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Religion in the Ancient World. 15158 words.

Shortly after the first Dead Sea Scrolls came to light, scholars began trying to explain the ultimate origin of the deposits. This article suggests that the totality of the evidence now...

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Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jonathan Klawans.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religion in the Ancient World; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Christianity. 12675 words.

This article considers Leviticus, the Rabbis, and Qumran; ritual purity, moral purity, and their evolution at Qumran; and other incongruities facing the purity–community model. The dominant...

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Exploring the Mystical Background of the Dead Sea Scrolls

James R. Davila.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Judaism and Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Religion in the Ancient World. 10330 words.

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide considerable evidence for a vibrant mystical tradition that involved not only theoretical musings about the heavenly realm based on scriptural exegesis, but...

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Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness:

Maxine L. Grossman.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

October 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Religion; Religious Studies; Religion in the Ancient World; Judaism and Jewish Studies. 5903 words.

The quest of the historical Teacher of Righteousness provided scholars with a starting point for considering the social setting and historical milieu out of which the Dead Sea Scrolls...

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