Exile to Damascus and the Community at Qumran

This paper proposes to examine the concept of exile within one of Qumran's foundational texts: the Damascus Document. Past studies of Qumran have not focused primarily on perspectives about exile, forced migration, or displacement at Qumran. This paper will address the question of "what is exile to Damascus?" as presented within the Damascus Document. After first presenting a brief introduction to the Damascus Document, the paper will then address this question by examining what perspectives about exile are offered by the text. Finally, the paper will briefly discuss what implications if any the question of "exile to Damascus" within the Damascus Document might have for our understanding of the community at Qumran.