Saturday 9 November 2013

Dormitories at Qumran

A view of the 'tower' at Khirbet Qumran
Qumran again: Vernet said, as I've heard him saying before about the ruins at Qumran: they've found a scriptorium, a refectory, about 16 mikvaioth or ritual baths, and so on, but they've never found a dormitory. What were their sleeping arrangements?

Good question, and perhaps a classic case of 'imposition of categories' onto a 'text.' Anyone who has lived in a small house in India or Africa will know that you don't have, and you don't have to have, often because you just don't have the space, a separate something called 'dormitory.' You eat, you clear up space, you sleep. At home in Wadala we did not sleep in the kitchen, but almost everywhere else! I would imagine the members of the yahad did the same. 

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