"Until God shall visit the Earth": the role of covenant theology in the Qumran movement

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"Until God shall visit the Earth": the role of covenant theology in the Qumran movement

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dc.contributor.advisor Gregory, Rabia en_US
dc.contributor.author Tallent, Daniel
dc.contributor.other University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-05T15:51:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-05T15:51:59Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Summer en_US
dc.identifier.other TallentD-062912-T467
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15972
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 5, 2012). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Rabia Gregory en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies. en_US
dc.description "July 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract Since their discovery, the Qumran community and the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls have often been viewed through the lens of contemporary and later religious groups, such as the Pharisees, Sadducees, or Christians. In this thesis I argue that, to properly understand Qumran, one must first consider the community's beliefs and behaviors in light of their particular cultural and historical setting. The Qumran community conceived of history as being a cycle of punishment, redemption, and reward ordained by YHWH as a result of Israel's adherence to or disregard of the Israelite covenant. The Qumran community formed and existed as a result of perceived covenant disregard by the larger Judaean populace, and as a result felt it was necessary to form a separate community, or “remnant”, within Israel in which the covenant could be obeyed in full. Qumran's manifestations of behavior that separated them wider Judaean society - their disregard for the Temple, ascetic lifestyles, and systems of initiation and pedagogy - are best understood as a means of preserving the internal efficacy of this covenant remnant until the imminent eschaton. This is supported by textual and material evidence, and is particularly evident in some of the community's oldest documents, such as the Damascus Document and MMT. en_US
dc.format.extent iv, 114 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2012 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject Dead Sea scrolls en_US
dc.subject asceticism en_US
dc.subject Qumran community en_US
dc.subject Judaean society en_US
dc.title "Until God shall visit the Earth": the role of covenant theology in the Qumran movement en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Religious studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US


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