Dead Sea Scrolls / 1QSa

Community Rule

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Summary of 1QSa

Date: 160 B.C.E. - 100 B.C.E.

Description: The Community Rule is probably one of the oldest documents of the sect; and the Cave I copy itself is said to have been produced during the quarter of a century following that date. It seems to have been intended for the Community’s teachers, for its Masters or Guardians, and contains extracts from liturgical ceremonies, an outline of a tractate on the spirits of truth and falsehood, statutes concerned with initiation into the sect and with its common life, organization and discipline, a penal code, and finally a poetic dissertation on the fundamental religious duties of the Master and his disciples, and on the sacred seasons proper to the Community.

Vermes, Geza The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Penguin Books 2004

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