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The Social Role of Liturgy in the Religion of the Qumran Community
Arnold, Russell†C.†D.

Leiden: Brill, 2006 pp. x + 267. $155.00

Series Information
Studies on the Text of the Desert of Judah, 60


Description: This volume investigates the layers of meaning of the Qumran community's liturgical practice as prayer (communication with the divine), ritual (actions that establish and reinforce the social and ideological structures of the community), and speech (containing both verbal and non-verbal communication). After a chapter on the social and ideological structures of the Qumran community, each successive chapter covers a different type of liturgy: Rites of Passage, Feasts and Fasts, Calendrical Rites, Rites of Affliction, Political Rites, and Rites of Communion. Each chapter presents the evidence for each practice and the social implications of the practice, especially with respect to community identity.

Subjects: Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Carol A. Newsom
Published 1/5/2008
Citation: Carol A. Newsom, review of Russell D. D. Arnold, The Social Role of Liturgy in the Religion of the Qumran Community, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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