Discoveries in the Judaean Desert

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Clarendon Press, Apr 13, 1995 - Apocryphal books - 480 pages
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This volume contains a collection of compositions from cave 4 at Qumran. These compositons, written during the Second Temple period, are linked to the Hebrew Bible through text, characters, themes, or genre. Some of them present a reworking, rewriting, or paraphrase of biblical books. Of thesetexts, Reworked Pentateuch is probably closest to the biblcial books, while Jubilees is somewhat more removed from the text of the Hebrew Bible. Furthest removed from the biblical text in this volume are A Prayer for Enosh and ParaKings. Among the texts here published, Jubilees was known previouslyfrom Greek and Ethiopic translations, while Prayer for Enosh, Reworked Pentateuch, ParaKings, and the Commentary on Genesis-Exodus are hitherto unknown, All these documents greatly enhance our understanding of biblical interpretation during the Second Temple Period and of the phenomenon ofpseudepigraphy (writing in the name of a famous biblical or religious character) so prevalent in antiquity.
 

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Contents

4QJubileesf PI VI
63
4QJubileesg PI V
87
223224 4QpapJubileesh Pis VIIIX
95
4QpseudoJubileesa PI X
141
4QpseudoJubileesb PI XI
157
4QpseudoJubileesc PI XII
171
4QText with a Citation of Jubilees PI XII
177
Introduction by E Tov
187
4QReworked Pentateuch5 Pis XIIIXXI
197
4QReworked Pentateuchc Pis XXIIXXXII
255
365a 4QTemple? by S White Pis XXXIIIXXXIV
319
4QReworked Pentateuchd PI XXXV
335
4QReworked Pentateuche PI XXXVI
345
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Emanuel Tov is J. L. Magnes Professor of the Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Editor-in-Chief of the Discoveries in the Judean Desert series.

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