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Document Details :
Title: The Dead Sea Scrolls
Subtitle: Who Wrote Them, When and Why?
Author(s): ELIOR, Rachel
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 21 Date: 2011
The article is discussing in its first part the explicit priestly nature of the sacred library of thousand Hebrew and Aramaic scrolls, known as The Dead Sea Scrolls. The explicit priestly content of the scrolls is analysed according to references to holy time (priestly calendar of 364 days and 52 Sabbaths), holy place (Divine Chariot in heaven and in the holy of holies in the Jerusalem Temple on Mount Zion), holy ritual (priestly-angelic ritual of 24 priestly watches serving in pre-calculated liturgical cycle the Temple) and holy memory (the history of divine covenants and the history of the Levitical priesthood commencing with Levi). The second part of the article is contesting the accepted scholarly assumption about the imminent connection between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Essenes.