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Dogs And Chickens At Qumran

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One of the most puzzling discoveries at Qumran are deposits of animal bones that were placed between large potsherds or inside jars, either flush with or on top of the ancient ground level and covered with little or no earth. Our understanding of the animal bone deposits at Qumran can be refined in light of David Henschkes observations about sectarian regulations governing the slaughter of non-sacrificial animals in Jerusalem. The possibility that the sectarians conceived of the settlement at Qumran along the lines of the sacred camp is supported by the composition of the animal bone deposits. The Hebrew Bible allows the consumption of permitted non-domesticated species of animals and birds only after the blood has been poured out.

Keywords: chickens; dogs; Hebrew Bible; Jerusalem; Qumran



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