1QS 6

Community Rule
Dead Sea Scrolls

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.

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.

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 Notes and References

"... Themes common to Christianity and the scrolls were probably common as well to many Jewish groups at this time: the messianic expectation; the apocalyptic, eschatological outlook; water (baptismal) rituals; shared property; communal meals. Some of the parallels are vague, others, more precise, and sometimes there are differences between Christian practices and those of the people whose ideas are reflected in the scrolls. For example. Acts says that after the Pentecost event described above, believers "had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need" (Acts 2:44-45; see also Acts 4:32). At Qumran, when a novitiate was finally admitted to full membership, his property was "merged" with that of the community (Manual of Discipline 6:22). Yet both Christian texts and the scroll texts indicate that private property continued to exist among devotees of both groups ..."

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

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