I'm researching various sources regarding the Qumran calendar. I don't understand why there was a concern for incorporating the 24 priestly "watches" (mishmarot) (Refer to I Chronicles 4 for the names.) as part of the calendar arrangement.

Where these people Cohanim, or was there some other belief or motive that this needed to be included?

Refer to this article for an overview of the Qumran calendar structure.

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    You should explain what was done to the calendar as a result of the 24 mishmarot. How does the Qumran calendar differ from the standard halachic calendar? The 24 mishmarot were the families of kohanim that were assigned to serve in the Temple at the specific time mentioned. – sabbahillel Sep 19 '19 at 0:58
  • @sabbahillel Link is added – DanF Sep 20 '19 at 14:06

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