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QumranComposer: Constance WaltonPublisher: T.D. Ellis Music PublishingInstrumentation: FlutePub. 1997 1. Exile; Slowly, with dignity 2. Covenant; Moderato, full of life 3. Men of Quamran War Against Evil; Strident-March 4. Hymn of Thanksgiving; Joyful
Qumran is the name of the religous community that existed just a short distance from where the Arab shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.It is a forbidding area - arid, hot and bleak - where these isolated religious people lived from 125 BC to 68 DD. The scrolls were hidden in the caves to protect them from marauding soldiers. The first scroll discovered was a "Hymn of Thanksgiving". It seemed to me that this momentous discovery of these historical scrolls that pre-date Christianity should be celebrated with music depicting the couragous men of Aumran who through their covenant with God frough the men of darkness and kept their faith alive.