1QS 5

Community Rule
Dead Sea Scrolls

2 They shall practice truth and humility in common, and justice an uprightness and charity and modesty in all their ways. No man shall walk in the stubbornness of his heart so that he strays after his hear and eyes and evil inclination, but he shall circumcise in the Community the foreskin of evil inclination and of stiffness of neck that they may lay a foundation of truth for Israel, for the Community of the everlasting Covenant. They shall atone for all those in Aaron who have freely pledged themselves to holiness, and for those in Israel who have freely pledged themselves to the House of Truth, and for those who join the to live in community and to take part in the trial and judgement an condemnation of all those who transgress the precepts On joining the Community, this shall be their code of behaviour with respect to all these precepts.

Galatians 6:10

New Testament

4 Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. 5 For each one will carry his own load. 6 Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches it. 7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, 8 because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.

 Notes and References

"... The phrase 'household of faith' is a significant, and probably a sectarian phrase referring to those who are bound together in a spiritual family by their shared Christian faith and life. 'The phrase is presumably constructed in conscious contrast to the typical Old Testament house of Israel' (e.g., Numbers 20:29; 2 Samuel 1:12; Ezekiel 3:4; Judith 4:15; Psalms of Solomon 17:42), or some such sectarian variant as we find in the DSS - the house of truth in Israel' (1QS 5.6), 'the house of holiness for Israel' (1QS 8.5) ...and 'the house of the Law' (CD 20.10, 13). In which case it will be significant once again that the bonding characteristic of this household is faith, and not membership of ethnic Israel, and not the Torah.' This specific phrase is only found elsewhere at Ephesians 2:19, and in neither case does the context suggest either that there is a particular focus on the fact that the church met in houses at this stage of their existence or a particular focus on some specific group of Christians in a particular location, such as the Jerusalem church ..."

Witherington, Ben Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (p. 434) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998

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