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Marriage And Creation In Mark 10 And Cd 4-5

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The Markan divorce pericope in chapter 10 and the passage in CD 4-5 on marriage are examples of "parallels" extensively referred to in both New Testament and Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship. The relationship between the two passages has been perceived to be especially close, and the invocation of Genesis 1 in both texts to be very similar. The Damascus Document, determining the precise topic is still a problem: does taking "two wives in their lifetime" demand a single marriage? Does it prohibit divorce or only polygamy? How the three quotations in CD function and how CD relates to a passage in Temple Scroll dealing with the king's marriage. This chapter gives clarification of some of these problems, to appreciate both similarity and difference in the two texts, and to suggest some ramifications for the conceptualisation of their respective teaching on marriage and creation.

Keywords: CD 4-5; creation; Damascus Document; Dead Sea Scrolls; Genesis; Mark 10; Markan divorce pericope; marriage; New Testament; polygamy



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