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The Songs Of The Sabbath Sacrifice And The Heavenly Scene Of The Book Of Revelation

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In view of the great interest in Qumranite-Christian relations ever since the first publication of the scrolls, the shortage of studies focussing especially on the relation between Revelation and the Dead Sea Scrolls is all the more surprising. The Shirot comprise a series of liturgical texts from caves 4 (4Q400407) and 11 (11Q17), also including a text discovered in Yigael Yadins excavations on Masada. While the special similarities between Book of Revelation and the Shirot mainly concern some particular details of its heavenly scene, it is also important to pay attention to the fundamental cultic and eschatological perspective of the Christian document. The conquerors reward illustrates the identification of the community and its members with Gods temple and could be related to the ideas in the Shirot about human participation, through the angels, in the continuous worship in heaven.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; liturgical texts; Qumranite-Christian relations; Shirot



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