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Invented Memory: The “Other” In The Dead Sea Scrolls

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The interest in studying the writings of specific groups that we find in sectarian writings of Qumran is that they are undoubtedly Jewish groups and that, by definition, the “others” are like themselves, “sons of Abraham,” “heirs of the promise” and “members of the covenant,” to cite some of the expressions used in both the Old and New Testaments as elements of self-definition and attitude towards the problem of “other.” This chapter deals with the following: (1) the problem of identity or of group’s own definition of its identity; (2) the problem of boundaries, of demarcation of space of the “others; (3) the problem of relationship, that is of tolerance or intolerance in relations with “other.” The chapter concentrates on essential and presents the attitude towards the “other” as reflected in two of the most important of all the sectarian texts, the Damascus Document and the Rule of the Community.

Keywords: Damascus Document; Dead Sea Scrolls; identity; New Testaments; other; Qumran; Rule of the Community; sectarian texts



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