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Otherworldly Priesthood In The Songs Of The Sabbath Sacrifice: Imago Templi And Liturgical Time At Qumran

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This chapter focuses on the most extensive Second Temple period text to deal with otherworldly priesthood, the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice. Although the provenance of this extraordinary liturgical work remains unclear, it is argued that the preservation of so many copies at Qumran is indicative of its liturgical use by the community. This chapter has two major objectives. First, it treats the depiction of otherworldly priesthood in the Songs, paying special attention to the implied relationship between heavenly and earthly communities. Then, in hopes of clarifying the significance of the use of the Songs for the community, it evaluates the scholarly debate on the function of the Songs at Qumran, and, more particularly, the Songs' conception of the relationship between celestial and terrestrial priesthoods. Thus, for Ezekiel the priest-prophet, the imago templi is the center of God's actions in hierohistory.

Keywords: Book of Ezekiel; imago templi; liturgical time; otherworldly priesthood; Qumran community; Second Temple period; Songs Of The Sabbath Sacrifice



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