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Creation, Eschatology And Ethics In 4qinstruction

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This chapter explores the relationship between the eschatological/ creation teaching in the introductory discourse and the paraenetic material; the central thesis is that the possession of revealed wisdom enables the eschatological community to live in accordance with the design plan of creation and that this explains the comprehensive ethical system within the text. It examines the creation discourse that introduces the work; the author suggests that this provides a conceptual framework for the ethical material. This is followed by an examination of the admonitory material, an examination that particularly focuses on the relative extents to which future judgement and creation are motivating factors in paraenesis. It provides the conclusions which relate this discussion to the question of sectarianism/group identity. The chapter concludes that 4QInstruction clearly looks forward to a future judgement at which will be seen a dualism between the ?the foolish? and ?the wise.?.

Keywords: 4QInstruction; eschatological community; group identity; sectarianism



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