Women in the Damascus Document

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Overview

Women in the Damascus Document offers a fresh look at the nature of the community reflected in the Damascus Document, one of the core documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls. By presenting a close and comprehensive study of the references to women and in-depth analyses of biblically based laws in the document, this work attempts to reconstruct the role of women and attitudes toward women within the community. Highlighting the complex nature of the evidence, the author draws attention to a number of rules that reflect a favorable attitude toward women, but also to instances of a patriarchal stance, especially regarding sexuality. Carefully considering all the evidence, the author argues, in contrast to the opinions of many scholars, that women were full members in the community.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589831681
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecilia Wassen, Ph.D. (2003), McMaster University, is Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Damascus document 19
3 The early law code 45
4 The catalogue of transgressors 107
5 The admonition 113
6 Communal laws 131
7 Conclusion 207
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