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The Damascus Document

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Recovered at the end of the nineteenth century from the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, the Damascus Document and its contents were first published in 1910 by the Talmud scholar Solomon Schechter. Prior to the publication of the texts from Qumran, it was generally believed that the Damascus Document had very little to say on the subject of ritual purity. Of the five major categories of impurity discussed in the Cairo manuscripts, four of them (diseases, clean/unclean animals, corpses, and bodily discharges) are mentioned a total of four times, or once each. This chapter attempts to gain a more complete understanding of the overall character and content of ritual impurity in the Damascus Document by examining each of the major categories of impurity recorded in the Cairo and Qumran manuscripts while simultaneously comparing them with the corresponding biblical rulings.

Keywords: Cairo manuscripts; Damascus Document; Qumran; ritual impurity; Solomon Schechter



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