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Further Reflections On A Divine And Angelic Humanity In The Dead Sea Scrolls

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In his book All the Glory of Adam: Liturgical Anthropology in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the author has argued for a rethinking of some established interpretative judgements on the Dead Sea Scrolls from the caves behind Khirbet Qumran. He shows that the cosmological framework within which certain texts are interpreted, especially those having to do with liturgical matters, is anachronistic. This chapter summarises the principal theses of that book, and presents some further evidence that supports and clarifies the thrust of his argument. In the Bible, and throughout late Second Temple Judaisms, the place of Israelite worshipthe Jerusalem Temple and its rivalsis conceived of as a microcosm of the universe and a restoration of Eden. As various recent studies have shown, the belief that the truly human receive some kind of angelic or divine transformation is rather widely attested in Second Temple literature.

Keywords: angelic humanity; Bible; Dead Sea Scrolls; divine transformation; Second Temple Judaisms



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