The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

Synopsis

One of the world's foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community that produced them provides an authoritative new English translation of the two hundred longest and most important nonbiblical Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, along with an introduction to the history of the discovery and publication of each manuscript and the background necessary for placing each manuscript in its actual historical context.

Excerpt

A The Cave 1 Copy

lQRuIe of the Community (lQS)

col. 1; For "the Instructor…"…"book of the Rul"e of the Community: in order to 2 seek God "with all (one's) heart and with all (one's) soul; in order" to do what is good and just in his presence, as 3 commanded by means of the hand of Moses and his servants the Prophets; in order to love everything 4 which he selects and to hate everything that he rejects; in order to keep oneself at a distance from all evil, 5 and to become attached to all good works; to bring about truth, justice and uprightness 6 on earth and not to walk in the stubbornness of a guilty heart and of lecherous eyes 7 performing every evil; in order to welcome into the covenant of kindness all those who freely volunteer to carry out God's decrees, 8 so as to be united in the counsel of God and walk in perfection in his sight, complying with all 9 revealed things concerning the regulated times of their stipulations; in order to love all the sons of light, each one 10 according to his lot in God's plan, and to detest all the sons of darkness, each one in accordance with his blame 11 in God's vindication. All those who submit freely to his truth will convey all their knowledge, their energies, 12 and their riches to the Community of God in order to refine their knowledge in the truth of God's decrees and marshal their energies 13 in accordance with his perfect paths and all their riches in accordance with his just counsel. They shall not stray from any one 14 of all God's orders concerning their appointed times; they shall not advance their appointed times nor shall they retard 15 any one of their feasts. They shall not veer from his reliable precepts in order to go either to the right or to the left. 16 And all those who enter in the Rule of the Community shall establish a covenant before God in order to carry out 17 all that he commands and in order not to stray from following him for any fear, dread, grief 18 or agony (that might occur) during the dominion of Belial. When they enter the covenant, the priests 19 and the levites shall bless the God of salvation and all the works of his faithfulness and all 20 those who enter the covenant shall repeat after them: 'Amen, Amen'. Blank 21 Blank The priests shall recite the just deeds of God in his mighty works, 22 and they shall proclaim all his merciful favours towards Israel. And the levites shall recite 23 the sins of the children of Israel, all their blameworthy transgressions and their sins during the dominion of 24 Belial. "And all" those who enter the covenant shall confess after them and they shall say:

«We have acted sinfully,
25 "we have transgressed,

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