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This article explores the significance of the posture of full prostration by the Maskil that appears uniquely in association with him in the Hodayot. Using theoretical frameworks from ritual studies and embodied cognition, as well as traditional philological work, I argue that the Maskil’s prostration summons the cultural memory of Moses as chief intercessor. This embodied technique serves not only to form the self of the leader in relation to the Yaḥad, but shapes the community that worships with him in the gathered assembly.

In: Dead Sea Discoveries
In: Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
In: Empsychoi Logoi — Religious Innovations in Antiquity
In: The Significance of Sinai
In: Israel in the Wilderness
In: Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke
In: Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World
In: Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls