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September 2017


#23: Sin, Choice & Responsibility — The Evil Inclination in Legal Dead Sea Scrolls

In this episode, we explore texts from the Qumran community that emphasize responsibility for sin and freedom of choice, despite the sect’s usual deterministic leanings. In the Dead Sea sect’s legal texts, community members are exhorted that they must choose God’s commandments while ignoring their own will — in other words, their evil inclination. …