In Waiting on Tables, it was noted that Judaism and its
It is apparent to me from a cursory examination of the Rule of Community that the Qumran community practiced, much like the Amish today, “distance, separation and segregation” from outsiders which included a form of shunning of those in the community who had violated their rules. The stated rationale is that "They should keep apart from men of sin in order to constitute a community" (5.1-2).
The Pharisees, who were known as “the separated ones”, also
practiced “distance, separation and segregation” from those who were outsiders. Did the Pharisees shun those who violated their rules?
Was exclusion from temple rituals a form of shunning?