Book: The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity
Chapter: 4. The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge within the Qumran Community
The analysis of the textual cluster of serakhim relating to the Rule of the Community enables us to consider the production and dissemination of knowledge within the Qumran community itself. The literary genre of serakhim demonstrates the transformation of oral traditions into written format and of writing into orality within the community. The columns 5, 6 and 9 of 1QS describe this process at work. Assuming that we are dealing with a composite text here, I explain the production and dissemination of knowledge by re-contextualising the concept of mishpatim that constitute the background of the serakhim.