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Biblical Interpretation At Qumran
Edited by Matthias Henze
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The Dead Sea Scrolls are an invaluable source of information about Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity. This volume by preeminent scholars in the field examines central aspects of scriptural interpretation as it was practiced at Qumran and discusses their implications for understanding the biblical tradition.
While many of the forms of biblical interpretation found in the Scrolls have parallels elsewhere in Jewish literature, other kinds are original to the Scrolls and were unknown prior to the discovery of the caves. These chapters explore examples of biblical interpretation unique to Qumran, including legal exegesis and the Pesher. Readers will also find discussion of such fascinating subjects as the "rewritten Bible," views on the creation of humanity, the "Pseudo-Ezekiel" texts, the pesharim, and the prophet David.
Moshe J. Bernstein
Monica Brady vGeorge J. Brooke
John J. Collins
Peter W. Flint
Shlomo A. Koyfman
James C. VanderKam
Matthias Henze deserves congratulations for producing one of the first books to study biblical interpretation in light of the new understanding of the Bible. Our oldest evidence — the Dead Sea Scrolls — demonstrates that the Scriptures were pluriform and dynamically growing at the origins of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. Each essay is an illumination in itself by a leading scholar who has specialized in that topic. The collection is a series of gems offering a richer and more accurate understanding of biblical interpretation in this crucial period.
This book contains very judicious and innovative essays on biblical interpretation in the Qumran scrolls by the major scholars in this area. If this is not the last word on the subject, then it is very close.
Matthias Henze has assembled an impressive collection of insightful studies that shed significant light on all of the issues related to biblical interpretation in the texts found in the caves of Qumran. Readers are treated to careful considerations of methods, themes, and several fascinating topics, including interpretation of the law, David as prophet, the pesharim, Psalm 91 as a psalm of exorcism, and others. I recommend this book enthusiastically.
—Craig A. Evans
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About the Author
Matthias Henze is Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Associate Professor in Biblical Studies at Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Table of Contents
Diacritical Marks, Sigla, and Abbreviations
Between Bible and Rewritten Bible
Interpretations of the Creation of Humanity
in the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Interpretation of Biblical Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls:
Forms and Methods
Biblical Interpretation in the "Pseudo-Ezekiel" Fragments
(4Q383-391) from Cave Four
Thematic Commentaries on Prophetic Scriptures
The Prophet David at Qumran
Psalm 91 in Premodern Interpretation and at Qumran
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Literature
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