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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198267607
Number of Pages: 480
Published: 13/04/1995
Width: 24 cm
Height: 32 cm
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 these texts, 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 previously from 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 of pseudepigraphy (writing in the name of a famous biblical or religious character) so prevalent in antiquity.

Emanuel Tov (J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Editor-in-Chief of the ^IDiscoveries in the Judean Desert^R series, J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Editor-in-Chief of the ^IDiscoveries in the Judean Desert^R series)

In every respect, the volume lives up the tradition set in previous volumes, and for this those who care about the Scrolls are indebted to the editors, Oxford University Press, and the angels who have financially supported the project. * George W.E. Nickeslburg, Jnl for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21 (2000). * Fragmentary as they are, the texts in the volume are a vaulable resource for the student of Judaism in the Greco-Roman period. First, they attest a wider variety in the genre of 'biblical paraphase' of 'rewritten Bible' that previous evidence has indicated. * George W.E. Nickeslburg, Jnl for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21 (2000). * an exemplary balance of detailed analysis of the actual evidence, imanination, erudition, and caution in drawing conclusions. * George W.E. Nickeslburg, Jnl for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 21 (2000). * All these documents greatly enhance our understanding of biblical interpretation during the Second Temple period and of the phenomenon of pseudepigraphy so prevalent in antiquity. * Old Testament Abstracts * The publication of this volume has highlighted issues that lie beyond the text-critical domain...All eight scholars should be warmly thanked for producing a detailed and reliable edition of these important texts. This edition was most skilfully prepared by J.M. Bamugarten based on the transcriptions produced by J.R. Malik. * Charlotte Hempel, University of Birmingham, Reviews in Religion and Theology, 1997/2 May * another very welcome addition to the growing corpus of official publications of the Qumran texts ... This beautiful volume belongs in any library that supports biblical research, and it would be a gem in any scholar's library. * John C. Endres, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 59, 1997 * All the material included in this volume, neither straightforwardly biblical nor strictly sectarian, will be important for understanding the nature of the Qumran library as a whole and the particular group which owned it, as Dead Sea Scrolls research moves into the twenty-first century. - J. Campbell in Palestine Exploration Quarterly 1999

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