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The Right Of Counsel And The Idea Of Purity In The Rule Of The Community (1QS) And The Rule Of The Congregation (1QSA)

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The Rule of the Community is the central text in the discussion of connection between impurity and sin at Qumran. The regulations concerning the right of counsel appear both in the Rule of the Community and in the closely related Rule of the Congregation, which formed part of the same scroll. The evidence from these texts, examined side by side, renders illuminating results that challenge the "conflation" theory. According to the Rule of the Community, the right of counsel was an important marker of communal identity as well as of one's inner purity. This chapter return to 1QS and consider how suspending an individual's right of counsel affected his participation in the communal gatherings there. However, active participation of the individuals, whose deeds and spirit have not been cleansed from the stain of sin, in the spiritual life of the community, would compromise its purity and holy status.

Keywords: Qumran; Rule of the Community (1QS); Rule of the Congregation (1QSA)

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