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Zoroastrianism And Qumran

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Historians of religion are intellectuals by definition, and as intellectuals they naturally tend to overestimate the importance of the life of the mind in the histories they write. Ideas are the coin of the realm in intellectual life and intellectual history, and as the coin of the realm they are traded and exchanged, clipped, and even melted down. The idea, the author discusses is dualism, it's supposed expression in the doctrine of the Two Spirits at Qumran, and the relationship of Qumran/Second Temple Judaism and Zoroastrianism and also provides some pertinent points about intellectual history in general. Finally, the author presents the observation on the way that the study of fundamentalism is carried out these days, especially as regards its Jewish forms.

Keywords: dualism; Judaism; Qumran; religion; Zoroastrianism



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