Some literary expressions in the Dead Sea Scrolls led scholars to allege that their authors professed a dualistic and deterministic worldview of Zoroastrian origin and that the omission of Moses and Sinai from the Enoch writings evinces that a segment in Jewish society marginalized the Torah, adopting Enoch’s prophecies as its ethical guideline. This study challenges these allegations as utterly conflicting with essential biblical doctrines and the unequivocal beliefs and expectations of Qumran’s Torah-centered society, arguing that scholars’ allegations are erroneously based on interpreting ancient texts with a modern mindset and influenced by the interpreter’s personal cultural background. The study interprets the relevant texts in a manner compatible with the presumed doctrines of ancient Jewish authors and readers.
Challenges to Conventional Opinions on Qumran and Enoch Issues
Edited by Steven E. Fassberg, Moshe Bar-Asher and Ruth A. Clements
This volume offers a multi-disciplinary examination into the Hebrew of the Second Temple period as reflected in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira, inscriptions, Greek and Latin transcriptions, the Samaritan oral and reading traditions of the Pentateuch, and Mishnaic Hebrew.
Moshe J. Bernstein
In Reading and Re-reading Scripture at Qumran, Moshe J. Bernstein gathers over three decades worth of his essays on biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls. They address the Genesis Apocryphon and 4Q252, as well various legal texts and pesharim.
This volume illustrates the ways in which the discovery of the scrolls has altered our paradigms of biblical interpretation, investigating connections within and between Jewish and Christian interpretive texts.
‘Identity’ and ‘sectarianism’, two crucial and frequently used concepts in the study of the Qumran movement, are problematized, praised, and redefined in this book. Sociology of sectarianism and social identity approach inform the investigation of the serakhim (rule documents) and pesharim ...
In Patterns of Daily Prayer in Second Temple Period Judaism Jeremy Penner provides an account of how daily prayer became entrenched within early Jewish religious traditions.
Edited by George J. Brooke, University of Manchester, Daniel K. Falk, University of Oregon, Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Molly M. Zahn, University of Kansas
What do the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about the forms, transmission, canonization, and interpretation of authoritative scriptures.
This investigation studies the participle in the Hebrew manuscripts from the Judaean Desert, its formation, its usage, and its meaning, compared with those in other Hebrew traditions and dialects, especially the language of the Hebrew Bible. Diese Studie untersucht das Partizip in den ...
Edited by Devorah Dimant
This book contains an exhaustive survey of past and present Qumran research, outlining its particular development in various circumstances and national contexts. For the first time, perspectives and information not recorded in any other publication are highlighted.
Edited by Jeremy Penner, Ken M. Penner, and Cecilia Wassen
A timely collection of contributions by major scholars in the field of prayer and poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Yonder Moynihan Gillihan
Using insights from modern sociology, this book argues that the organization, law, and literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls sect expressed an "alternative civic ideology" by which members claimed citizenship in a superior commonwealth that would soon replace the existing Judean state.
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