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The Origins And Function Of Qumran Dualism

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This chapter examines the radicalization of the community's self-understanding through the development of a dualistic word-view and the consequences of that development for the community's covenantal theology. Dualism is often considered to be one of the hallmarks of the theology of the Qumran community. There are three primary sources for Qumran dualism. These are (1) dualism from priestly circles, probably related to the Enoch tradition, that we find in the early Aramaic testamentary literature; (2) dualism from the sapiential tradition; and (3) dualism from the eschatological war tradition, such as one find in the Rule of War. The book of Jubilees provides a model of how an "all Israel" renewal movement, similar to the Damascus covenant in its outlook, could combine its covenantal theology with the radical dualism of the Rule of War traditions.

Keywords: Aramaic testamentary literature; Damascus covenant; Enoch tradition; eschatological war tradition; Qumran dualism; sapiential tradition



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