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Exclusion From The Sanctuary And The City Of The Sanctuary In The Temple Scroll

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The discovery and publication of the Temple Scroll opened new vistas for the study of the history of Jewish law in the Second Commonwealth period. This chapter investigates the particular forms of impurity and disqualification, as well as the Scriptural sources from which these rules are derived, and compares these laws with those of the rabbinic tradition. It elucidates the scroll's regulations regarding those excluded from the inner court but allowed in the middle and outer courts, those excluded also from the middle court, and those excluded from the entire city of the sanctuary. A solution will be suggested for the dilemma of the "city of the sanctuary" which it is hoped will satisfactorily answer the questions raised in the debate carried on by Yigael Yadin and Levine.

Keywords: Jewish law; Levine; rabbinic tradition; sanctuary; Temple Scroll; Yigael Yadin



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