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The Decalogue Pattern In The Qumran Rule Of The Community

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The main part of the Rule of the Community is a catalogue of rules for the Yahad, both for its members as individuals, and for the Community as a whole. Its various versions indicate a composite work of different literary and historical layers, which were redacted to a reasonable composition, the most comprehensive version of which is preserved in 1QS. The use of ten principles in 1QS 5:1-7a does not necessarily follow the number of ten commandments; this may be by chance. This chapter concludes that the principle rules of the Community, are elaborated in 1QS and its 4Q parallels according to their order. The Community adapted them for practical implementation.

Keywords: 1QS; Rule of the Community; Yahad



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