As I can see, there were some Halachic/Legal passages found in the Dead-see scrolls.

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From the archeological and historical findings, I've understood that these sects kept Teffilin, Shabbes, Kashrus, Tevilah, sacrifices, Templaic works, Yom Kippur, the Three Regolim, and more. It's impossible that their Law didn't overlap the Pharisees' Mishnah in any Halacha.

Were any Mishnaic/Beraitah passages found in the Dead-sea scrolls?

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    No, to my knowledge. It's evident from what was found that these people kept halacha in a manner different than how the Tannaim kept it.
    – Harel13
    Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 19:31
  • Don't see how that would be possible. Aside from the fact the dead sea scroll sect was antagonistic to the those who lived by the Mishna and Briaisa, the Mishna and Braisa itself had not been formally written yet at the time the dead sea scrolls are believed to have been written.
    – Schmerel
    Commented Aug 8, 2021 at 21:36
  • @Harel13 I think it is impossible that a Jewish sect would not keep some passages from the oral law.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 19:27
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    @AlBerko evidently you haven't read much about what historians think about this sect. Also, on your comment to Schmerel, there's a difference between overlapping and actually quoting/paralleling. Which are you looking for?
    – Harel13
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 20:07
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    @AlBerko I don't get why you expect that they "should" overlap. I recommend doing some reading on the subject. Here's an interesting essay that was published in Tarbitz not long after they discovered one of the halachic DSS (you can access it for free if you create an account in the NLI website): jstor.org/stable/…. And here's a lecture by Rabbi Prof. Shnayer Leiman: yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/732090/dr-shnayer-leiman/…. Just some places to start.
    – Harel13
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 15:57

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In the MMT scroll, that is, Miktzat Maaseh Torah, there are several points describing what they maintain the folk in Yerushalayim are doing wrong. As I recall, there is a point that overlaps the Shammai position, in terms of nitzok. See page 171 in this pdf:


Note that this is not the same as a passage that overlaps a passage in Mishnah / braytot.

  • Thank you very interesting.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Aug 16, 2021 at 17:08

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