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The Origins Of The Damascus Covenant

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This chapter uncovers the origins of the "new covenant in the land of Damascus" without presupposing its identification with Qumran, Essenism, or Enochic Judaism". It also uncovers more fully the historical roots of the Damascus covenant in the post-exilic period, drawing upon evidence mainly from Damascus Document (D). In order to do this, the chapter establishes three "coordinates" within the social, political, and religious history of Second-Temple Judaism that enables one to put the Damascus covenant on the "map" of this period. These coordinates form a matrix, out of which, the chapter argues that the rise of the Damascus covenant makes sense. It explains why the evidence comes mostly from D; and why the author focuses on the entity known as the "new covenant in the land of Damascus". The chapter explores how the hypothesis developed might relate to the major hypotheses on "Qumran origins".

Keywords: Damascus covenant; Damascus Document (D); post-exilic period; Qumran origins; second-temple Judaism



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