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Condemnation of the 'Princes of Judah' in the DSS


The Damascus Document contains a passage condemning the 'Princes of Judah'. As with just about all interpretation of the DSS, controversy exists as to the meaning of this phrase. Here is the passage at issue.
The princes of Judah will be like those who move the boundary, upon them he will pour out his fury like water. For they enter the covenant of conversion, but did not keep themselves apart from the path of traitors and defiled themselves by paths of licentiousness and with wicked wealth, avenging themselves, each one bearing resentment against his brother and each one hating his fellow, and each one despising his blood relative. * * * They did not keep apart from the people and from their sins. * * * Their wine is serpents' venom and the head of cruel, harsh asps. The serpents are the kings of the peoples and the wine, their paths and the asps' head is the head of the kings of Greece, which comes to carry out vengeance against them.
CD XIX:15-24, The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated by Florentino Garcia Martinez (E.J. Brill 1994) at page 45, emphasis added.

I had previously theorized that the condemnation of the 'Princes of Judah', based on a literal interpretation, may refer to descendants of the wicked Davidic kings who actions brought on the Babylonian captivity. They fought amongst each other with brother deposing brother as king.1/ Also, the Damascus Document mentions the Babylonian captivity in two places before the above-quoted language criticizing the princes of Judah. The problem with that position is the limited return of Davidic princess to Israel after Cyrus the Great allowed it. Further, there is not a descendant of King David recorded as being a national leader during the 2nd century BCE when I propose the Teacher of Righteousness emerged on the scene. The coup de grĂ¢ce are the words "kings of Greece", a clear reference to the Seleucid period which commenced in 312 BCE.

The scrolls also refer to the leaders of the DSS community as "princes"; however, they have moved into exile in the "land of Damascus". The leaders of the DSS community are Sons of Aaron (i.e., Kohanim priests), which supports the argument that the princes ruling in Judah are rival priests. I'm coming around to the conclusion that "princess of Judah" is yet another term for the Wicked Priest, Spouter of Lies, et alia who are the ruling priest(s) in Jerusalem during the period that the Teacher of Righteousness and his followers reside in exile.

JJR
4-11-2012
Edited: 6-2-2012 ** changed conclusion
FN1 King Jehoiakim (father of the accursed King Jeconiah) deposed his younger brother King Jehoahaz with the aid of Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II. Jehoiakim thereafter burnt a manuscript with the prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah, which means Jehoiakim (in Jewish eyes) literally burned the word of God. Upon his death at age 36, Jehoiakim was succeed by his son Jeconiah who ruled for only three months before the Babylonians overran Israel and deposed him.
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