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Covenant, Law, And The Righteousness Of God: Astudy In The Hodayot Of Qumran

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This chapter demonstrates that the hôvāyôt preserve the basic covenantal framework of the Damascus covenant (and of the Qumran community). It shows how the concept of the "righteousness of God" brings Qumran reflection on "covenant" and the other major theological traditions to a pointed culmination. In order to obtain a deeper understanding of the concept of the righteousness of God in the hôvāyôt, it is helpful to inquire into its biblical background. The concept of the righteousness of God in the hôvāyôt draws on three major strands of biblical tradition: the psalms, the wisdom tradition, and the Gerichtsdoxologie, especially the form of confession of sins in the Deuteronomistic tradition. According to the hôvāyôt, the eschatological destruction of sin and the victory of the elect will be the revelation of the righteousness of God, that is, the vindication of God as creator, judge, and savior.

Keywords: covenantal theology; Damascus covenant; hôvāyôt; law of Moses; psalms of confession; Qumran community; righteousness of God



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