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In comparing the material on skin diseases from the Damascus Document, the Temple Scroll, 4QMMT, and the manuscripts from Cave 4, one is confronted by a number of unique concerns. In contrast to the Damascus Document, the Temple Scroll exhibits absolutely no interest in the symptoms or diagnosis of a suspected skin disease. In contrast to the material on diseases, there appear to be several parallels in the regulations on clean and unclean animals. Four passages from Qumran are cited as containing information on the defiling nature of excrement: 11Q19 46.13-16a; 1Q33 7.6b-7; 4Q265 6 2; and 4Q472a 1-5. According to the Damascus Document, individuals were to abstain from having sexual relations in Jerusalem so as to avoid defiling the city of the Temple with their impurity (CD 12.1-2a).

Keywords: 4QMMT; Damascus Document; Jerusalem; Qumran; skin diseases; Temple Scroll



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