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The double love precept: Between Pharisees, Jesus and Qumran covenanters

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Earlier the programmatic nature of both the opening paragraphs of Qumran's Community Rule and the Gospel accounts of Jesus' conversation with "sage" or "scribe" regarding the greatest precept in the Torah was indicated, one more similarity between the two traditions. Both instances present a claim of supreme loyalty to the Torah of Moses over against competing notions concerning the requirements of Law. This chapter focuses on internal exegetical aspect, namely, biblical interpretations used in support of religious positions, within the Community Rule and in the Gospels. It concentrates on common exegetical features of both traditions, which, of course, may reflect the process of internalization of general cultural standards by Jewish sects who perceived those standards as derived from the "Torah and the prophets".

Keywords: biblical interpretations; Community Rule; exegetical features; Gospel; Jesus; Jewish; Pharisees; Qumran; Torah of Moses



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