The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy

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Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet there is still much uncertainty about how this developed within Judaism and why. Scrolls from Qumran provide the most important corpus of evidence to shed light on the critical period during the days of the Second Temple. This article presents a case study for prayer in ancient Judaism. It is organized around the types of questions being asked: questions of definition and classification, textual questions, historical questions, questions concerning context, and questions of ideology and theology. There is a good deal of overlap between these categories, but they are be treated separately for heuristic purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594700
ISBN (Print)9780199207237
StatePublished - Jan 2 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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