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Summary And Conclusions

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This concluding chapter provides a summary of the book. The present inquiry began with the observation that the current trend in the study of Qumran priesthood has been to peruse the Dead Sea Scrolls for evidence of socio-historical realities. Considering the cryptic, clichéd, and theologically charged nature of the Scrolls corpus, the difficulty of obtaining such historical information was duly noted. Following the suggestion of Kugler, the book proposed a shift in focus away from the historical realities of priesthood at Qumran, and toward a more approachable topic given the nature of the evidence: the portrayal of priesthood throughout the community's literature. As such, the book focused on central and pervasive literary representations of priesthood in the Qumran library, with the primary objective of illuminating the theological notions implied by them.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Qumran



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