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Friday, March 27 • 08:00 - 17:00
[VIRTUAL] Written Purity in Practice: An Exploration into the Purity Practices of the Yaḥad (יחד) at Khirbet Qumran Through Literary and Archaeological Evidence

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Taking the position of the Qumran-Essene Hypothesis, this paper explores conclusions which can be drawn regarding the austere purity practices of the community (יחד) who inhabited Khirbet Qumran–a community that purely, faithfully, and meticulously–away from ‘other’–awaited the end of time. These conclusions are based upon literary sources, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls (e.g., 1QS, 4QMMT) as well as other historical texts (e.g., Bellum Judaicum). Primary conclusions drawn from literary evidence are further substantiated through archaeological evidence. The archaeological evidence undergirds the textual evidence, allowing one to see textual claims of purity through practice within Khirbet Qumran.

Friday March 27, 2020 08:00 - 17:00 EDT