The covenant renewal ceremony as the main function of qumran

Daniel Vainstub

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Unlike any other group or philosophy in ancient Judaism, the yahạd sect obliged all members of the sect to leave their places of residence all over the country and gather in the sect’s central site to participate in a special annual ceremony of renewal of the covenant between God and each of the members. The increase of the communities that composed the sect and their spread over the entire country during the first century BCE required the development of the appropriate infrastructure for hosting this annual gathering at Qumran. Consequently, the hosting of the gathering became the main function of the site, and the southern esplanade with the buildings surrounding it became the epicenter of the site.

Original languageEnglish
Article number578
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Damascus Document
  • Mikveh
  • Qumran
  • Scrolls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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