Swords into Plowshares: The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Until August 15, 2008
Summer Art Camps in the Youth Wing
Art Marathon 2008
For children who love art (Hebrew)
Real Time: Art in Israel 1998-2008
Until August 30
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
Orphaned Art: Looted Art from the Holocaust in the Israel Museum
Until August 23
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

The Qumran Community

---Service of the Heart: Evenings and Sabbaths

“And the Congregation shall watch in community for a third of every night of the year, to read the Book and to study the Law and to bless together” (Community Rule VI, 5–6).

“They are stricter than all Jews in abstaining from work on the seventh day” (Josephus, Jewish War II, viii, 9).



The work day at Qumran lasted until dusk, when the members of the Community immersed themselves once again in the ritual baths, in order to purify themselves before the evening meal. The nighttime hours served not only for rest, but also for spiritual pursuits: the study of the Law and communal prayer. The Community thus combined profane with spiritual affairs during the week, until the advent of the Sabbath day.

The sect’s Sabbath laws were extremely rigorous, the day being used primarily for prayer and study. The scroll known as Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice reveals some details of their worship: the scroll consists of thirteen hymns recited by certain angels, one hymn every Sabbath, for the 52 weeks of the year, so that each hymn was recited a total of four times a year. As the title indicates, these hymns were considered a substitute for the sacrifices that were offered on the Sabbath in the Jerusalem Temple; the sectarians believed that in singing them they were emulating the songs of the angels in the heavenly Temple.
Archaeology Wing
Judaica and Jewish Ethnography
Art Wing
Youth Wing
Art Garden
Shrine of the Book
Ticho House
Rockefeller Museum
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