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The Dead Sea Scrolls And Violence: Sectarian Formation And Eschatological Imagination

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This chapter analyzes two interconnected narratives of violence in the Dead Sea Scrolls by drawing upon some recent treatments of religious violence employing social-scientific approaches - in particular, the"scarce resources" theory - and more general sociological approaches to sectarianism. Avalos isolates four areas where scarce resources translate into sanctified violence: inscripturation, sacred space, group privileging, and salvation. The chapter focuses on these four areas and discusses their applicability with regard to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran community. It examines the emergence of a sectarian discourse of exclusivity and its associated assumption of scarcity. The chapter then discusses examples where the presumed scarcity is seemingly transformed into real violence.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; religious violence; sacred space; salvation



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