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Encyclopedia > War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness

The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness is a manual for military organization and strategy that was discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is also known by the names "War Rule", "Rule of War", and "War Scroll". The document is comprised of a number of various scrolls and fragments including 1QM, 4Q491-496. More recent study suggests that 4Q491 is comprised of three separate documents all describing the same events. Fragments of the scrolls on display at the Archeological Museum, Amman The Dead Sea scrolls comprise roughly 800 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on...

These scrolls contain an apocalyptic prophecy of a war between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness. The war is first described as an attack by the Sons of Light against Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Amalekites, Philistia, and the Kittim of Asshur (referred to as the army of Belial), supported by those who "violated the covenant" including the sons of Levi, the sons of Judah, and the sons of Benjamin. For other uses, see Apocalypse (disambiguation). ... Edom (אֱדוֹם, Standard Hebrew Edom, Tiberian Hebrew ʾĔḏôm, Assyrian Udumi, Syriac ܐܕܘܡ), a Hebrew word meaning red, is a name given to Esau in the Hebrew Bible, as well as to the nation that purportedly traced their ancestry to him. ... Moab (מוֹאָב, Standard Hebrew Moʾav, Tiberian Hebrew Môʾāḇ Greek Μωάβ; Assyrian Muaba, Maba, Maab; Egyptian Muab) is the historical name for a mountainous strip of land in modern-day Jordan running along the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. ... Ammon or Ammonites (עַמּוֹן People, Standard Hebrew Ê»Ammon, Tiberian Hebrew Ê»Ammôn), also referred to in the Bible as the children of Ammon, were a people living east of the Jordan river, who along with the Moabites traced their origin to Lot, the nephew of the patriarch Abraham, and who were... According to the Book of Genesis and 1 Chronicles, Amalek (עֲמָלֵק; Standard Hebrew ʿAmaleq, Tiberian Hebrew ʿĂmālēq) was the son of Eliphaz and the grandson of Esau (Gen. ... The historic Philistines (see note Philistines below) were a people that inhabited the southern coast of Canaan around the time of the arrival of the Israelites, their territory being named Philistia in later contexts. ... Kittim is a name from ancient times that is linked to Cyprus. ... The word Asshur can mean: Asshur (אַשּׁוּר), son of Shem, the son of Noah. ... A woodcarving of Belial and some of his followers from Jacobus de Teramos book Buche Belial (1473) Belial (also Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Beliall, Beliel; from Hebrew Bliyaal בליעל; meaning without worth) is the name for a demon in the Old Testament. ... Levi or Levy (לֵוִי Standard Hebrew Levi, Tiberian Hebrew LÄ“wî) was the founder of the Levite tribe of ancient Israel. ... Judah (יְהוּדָה Praise, Standard Hebrew YÉ™huda, Tiberian Hebrew YÉ™hûḏāh) is the name of several Biblical and historical figures. ... Benjamin (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין; Standard Hebrew: Binyamin; Tiberian Hebrew Binyāmîn) is a Hebrew Bible figure. ...

The war is then described again as a conflict between the congregation of the gods and the congregation of men.

The rest of the document comprises a detailed description of the events of the war and the ways in which it should be conducted.

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Although this war is said to extend over forty years, the writer of the scroll was particularly concerned with the details of the very final day of battle.
Sons of Light shall be undertaken against the forces of the Sons of Darkness, the army of Belial: the troops of Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the [Amalekitesl, Philistia, and the troops of the Kittim of Asshur.
The Sons of Light and the forces of Darkness shall fight together to show the strength of God with the roar of a great multitude and the shout of gods and men: a day of disaster.
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