Courtesy Yigael Yadin

Column 49 of the Temple Scroll continues commands begun in column 48 for cleansing after contact with a leper. Then the column details commands for purifying the house of a dead person. The house is to be swept clear of any “defiling smirch of oil and wine and moisture of water.” Its floor, walls, doors, doorposts, thresholds and lintels are to be scraped and washed with water. Typically, these rules are stringent; they also require the occupants of the house to bathe and launder on the first day, the third day and the seventh day after the death.