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Wisdom and women at Qumran

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Israelite and Jewish wisdom texts form a tributary of a larger stream of ancient wisdom that flowed through the Near East. The primary concerns of these traditions were with interpersonal relationships, with how to live a good life, with humankind's place in the created order and with the way that the created order works. Furthermore, the wisdom traditions particular to ancient Israel and later to early Judaism drew heavily on the larger common stock of ancient Near Eastern wisdom. This chapter focuses on the following questions: Can the Qumran wisdom texts tell us anything about whether women were present at the community along the shores of the Dead Sea, and if they were, were they members of the sect? Do they provide any evidence for the attitudes of this particular community toward women?.

Keywords: biblical wisdom texts; Qumran wisdom; Qumran women



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