- This event has passed.
UT Talk: Dr. Kamilla Skarström Hinojosa
October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
When discussing temple imagery in Serek ha-Yahad, or the Rule of the Community (1QS), a text found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholarly consensus has interpreted it metaphorically. It is beyond doubt that the temple plays an important role in the identity making of the community. Still, from the traditional definition of metaphor as “understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another,” it may, for good reasons, be questioned if the temple imagery is used metaphorically. In the lecture, I will investigate the possibility of a symbolic understanding of ‘temple’. The symbol has an inherent performativity in that it is not language as representation but rather in the function of directing, organizing and communicating large amounts of information in a quick way. Cultures rely on symbols to maintain order, discipline and moral ethics, as this symbol does with the community in the Serekh ha-Yahad.