1QS 6

Dead Sea Scrolls (Community Rule)

5 After he has entered the Council of the Community he shall not touch the pure Meal of the Congregation until one {full} year is completed, and until h has been examined concerning his spirit and deeds; nor shall he have any share of the property of the Congregation. Then when he ha completed one year within the Community, the Congregation shall deliberate his case with regard to his understanding and observance of the Law. And if it be his destiny, according to the judgement of the Priests and the multitude of the men of their Covenant, to enter the company of the Community, his property and earnings shall be handed over to the Bursar of the Congregation who shall register it to his account and shall not spend it for the Congregation. Source

Date: 160 B.C.E. - 100 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Acts 2:45

New Testament

42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Reverential awe came over everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and held everything in common, 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need. 46 Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, 47 praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved. Source

Date: 75-85 C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)

Shanks, Hershel The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (pp. 75) Random House, 1998

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Shanks, Hershel The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (pp. 75) Random House, 1998

* The use of references are not endorsements of their contents. Please read the entirety of the provided reference(s) to understand the author's full intentions regarding the use of these texts.