'At the Entrance Sin is Crouching'': The Source of Sin and by Miryam T. Brand

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This chapter demonstrates, on the basis of the findings of the previous chapter, in what way the view of sin in Qumran prayer differs from the view of the innate desire for sin reflected in nonsectarian prayer. Finally, for the purposes of comprehensiveness, this chapter explores the implications of the belief in an innate source of sin as it is reflected in both sectarian and nonsectarian prayer and notes petitionary prayers that do not reflect this belief. 60 This chapter studies the depiction of the innate desire to sin in the covenantal texts contained in the introductions of the Damascus Document and the Community 60 It is necessary to distinguish “covenantal” texts, which discuss the nature of the covenant that the member has entered, from the legal texts they introduce.

I. H. Henderson and G. S. Oegema; JSHRZ-St 2; Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006), 163. 52 See H. W. Huppenbauer, Der Mensch zwischen zwei Welten: der Dualismus der Texte von Qumran (Höhle I) und der Damaskusfragmente, ein Beitrag zur Vorgeschichte des Evangelismus (ATANT 34; Zurich: Zwingli Verlag, 1959); P. von der Osten-Sacken, Gott und Belial: Traditionsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen zum Dualismus in den Texten aus Qumran (SUNT 6; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1969); and J. Duhaime, “Dualistic Reworking in the Scrolls from Qumran,” CBQ 49 (1987): 32-56.

A similar approach is taken by C. , 37 n. 3, and see also W. J. Lyons and A. M. Reimer, “The Demonic Virus and Qumran Studies: Some Preventative Measures,” DSD 5 (1998): 24-25. 32 II. Nonsectarian Second Temple Prayer and the Inclination to Sin As noted in the introduction, one prominent approach to the source of sin in the Second Temple period assumed the view that the desire to sin is innate and basic to human beings. The idea that the source of the desire to sin is a natural (and unavoidable) component of human existence is found in the prayer, covenantal, and wisdom genres.

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