• The Liturgical Communion of the Yaḥad with the Angels. The Origin of the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice Reconsidered

    Author(s):
    Michael R. Jost (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Dead Sea scrolls
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/rtgc-9m98
    Abstract:
    Since the discoveries of the first Dead Sea Scrolls, the motif of a communion with the angels has been repeatedly emphasized and discussed as a characteristic of the self-understanding of the community behind these writings. Of particular interest in this discussion are the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice (4Q400–407; 11Q17; and Mas1k ShirShabb). However, the origin of the so-called Angelic Liturgy is still an unresolved question in scholarship. In this article we will try to figure out the relationship of the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice to the sectarian literature by analyzing the communion with the angels described therein. I will demonstrate that this composition has the most explicit connections to the liturgical communion with the angels that is uniquely found in undisputed sectarian texts. The Angelic Liturgy is then not so much the source, but much more an example of the liturgical development inside the yaḥad.
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