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From: "David W. Suter" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: "Love" in the DSS
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> I am working on a project (as indicated by the subject line) and have
> searched the concordance to find uses of the word "ahav" (love) in the
> scrolls. What I have found so far is interesting; and your help to further
> the investigation is requested.
> First, what I have found is that there are many references to God's love for
> Israel in the Scrolls (1QS 3.26, 4Q385 (2) 1.2, 4Q176 (1) 1.10, 1QS 10.26,
> 4Q504 (1) 4.4)
> and I have found references to a) knowledge being loved by God (CD 2.3); b)
> and the other community members being loved by their brethren (CD 8.17, 1QS
> I have been unable to find ANY reference to the community member's love FOR
> This fact seems extraordinary in light of the notion that the Covenanters
> were especially devoted to God.
> can you suggest other words which may have been used (other than "ahav")?
> Thank you,
> Jim West
Try <.h>esed and see what you get. You may be reading assumptions about
vocabulary and meaning back from Christian usage.
Saint Martin's College