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The question of Qumran origins has puzzled scholars since the discovery of the Scrolls, leading to diverse and often strange hypotheses. It is well known that the book of Ezekiel served as the basis for numerous apocalyptic and speculative traditions in the Second Temple period, and that it deeply influenced texts found at Qumran, such as the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice. Following the current trend in Scrolls scholarship, this book utilizes the system of classification as a means of distinguishing between ideas that infiltrated Qumran from abroad and idiosyncratic expressions of the Qumran community itself. The body of the book is divided into two parts, each of which investigates central and pervasive images of priesthood in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The first is dedicated to portrayals of otherworldly priesthood in Qumran writings. Part two is dedicated to the numerous images of eschatological priesthood in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Keywords: book of Ezekiel; Dead Sea Scrolls; eschatological priesthood; non-sectarian; otherworldly priesthood; Qumran community; Sabbath Sacrifice; Songs of the Second Temple period



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