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The war in column 2

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M describes two distinct stages in the eschatological war. The first is the day of their war against the Kittim (1QM 1:12), and the second is the war of the divisions (1QM 2:10). No specific chronological information about the first stage is given to us, but it can be deduced from what we know about the second stage. The war of the divisions is to be prepared for six years by the entire congregation during non-sabbatical years (2:9). It is to be fought for 29 years (2:10), also presumably during non-sabbatical years. Together, these make up a total of 35 years, comprising all of the non-sabbatical years during a forty year period. In col. 2, the War of the Divisions is to take Israel beyond its borders to conquer nations in distant lands.

Keywords: 1QM 2; chronological information; eschatological war; Israel; war of the divisions



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