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Jubilees And The Origins Of The Qumran Community

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Writings such as the Book of Enoch, Daniel, Ecclesiasticus, and Book of Jubilees provide evidence, in their different ways, of the existence in Palestine in the late third and early second century B.C.E. of a reform movement, from which it is plausible to think that the Qumran group later emerged. Here the Book of Jubilees is particularly important because its theological concerns have been widely seen to be very similar to those of the Qumran sectarian writings. There has been widespread recognition that there are numerous points of contact between the theological concerns of Jubilees and those of the sectarian writings from Qumran. The chapter also examines the significance of some of these links for the question of the origins of the Qumran community.

Keywords: Book of Jubilees; Qumran community; theological links



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