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The self as symbolic space : constructing identity and community at Qumran

Author: Carol A Newsom
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004.
Series: Studies on the texts of the desert of Judah, v. 52.
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This volume investigates critical practices by which the Qumran community constituted itself as a sectarian society. Key to the formation of the community was the reconstruction of the identity of individual members. In this way the "self" became an important symbolic space for the development of the ideology of the sect. Persons who came to experience themselves in light of the narratives and symbolic structures  Read more...
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Newsom, Carol A. (Carol Ann), 1950-
Self as symbolic space.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004
(DLC) 2004045604
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carol A Newsom
ISBN: 1429414820 9781429414821 9789004138032 900413803X
OCLC Number: 191935938
Description: 1 online resource (x, 376 pages).
Contents: Communities of discourse --
Torah, knowledge, and symbolic power: strategies of discourse in Second Temple Judaism --
Knowing as doing: the social symbolics of knowledge in the two spirits treatise of the Serek ha-Yahad --
How to make a sectarian: formation of language, self and community in the Serek ha-Yahad --
What do Hodayot do? Language and the construction of the self in sectarian prayer --
The Hodayot of the leader and the needs of sectarian community --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Studies on the texts of the desert of Judah, v. 52.
Responsibility: by Carol A. Newsom.

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This volume investigates practices by which the Qumran community constituted itself as a sectarian society by reconstructing the identity of its members. Drawing on discourse and practice theory, the  Read more...

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