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1QS 6:2c–4a—Satellites or Precursors of the Yaḥad?

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Since the Scrolls were first discovered, and the Community Rule in particular began to be interpreted, scholarship has tended to write a biography of the Yaḥad that privileged the subject. The influx of a considerable amount of new and challenging texts over the last two decades or so has stimulated research on the Scrolls, including the Rule texts, immensely. The ripples of the challenges posed by incorporating the new evidence into our perceptions of the social realities behind the texts have not left our reading of long known passages untouched. One of those current ripples of scholarly investigation that is gradually gaining in size and becoming a fully-fledged wave is the focus of this chapter. The chapter offers some reflections on the work of a number of scholars who have recently argued that the Rule of the Community should be associated also with a geographically much broader phenomenon.

Keywords: Community Rule; Yaḥad



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