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The Place Of Prophecy In Coming Out Of Exile: The Case Of The Dead Sea Scrolls

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The aim of this chapter is to argue that the scrolls found in the eleven caves at and near Qumran provide ways of perceiving how one segment of late Second Temple Judaism used prophetically the ideology of exile and the desires both to return from it and to benefit from it to enhance their own self-understandings. It argues that the second century movement reflected in some of the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls envisaged itself as coming out of exile and that as it embarked on its journey back to the promised land it used prophecy and prophetic activity to justify its lifestyle and its position as the true heirs of the divine promises. Through both centuries the sense of liminal privilege that arose from the experience of life was a prophetic experience that had multiple possibilities for encounters with the divine.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; exile; prophecy; prophetic activity; Qumran



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