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The Bible at Qumran: Text, Shape, and Interpretation
Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
Edited by Peter W. Flint
From The Publisher:
The Bible at Qumran puts the Dead Sea Scrolls to use in exploring two principal themes: the text and shape of the “Bible” at Qumran and the interpretation of these scriptures in this fascinating Jewish community. Written by leading scholars in the field, these informed studies make an important contribution to our understanding of the biblical text at a pivotal period in history.
Contributors: Martin G. Abegg Jr., James E. Bowley, Craig A. Evans, Peter W. Flint, James A. Sanders, James M. Scott, Eugene Ulrich, James C. VanderKam, Robert W. Wall and Bruce K. Waltke
The Dead Sea Scrolls have revolutionized our understanding of the formation of the biblical canon and filled in a missing chapter in the history of interpretation. This volume provides an accessible and authoritative account of the state of the question on the formation of the canon, and it nicely illustrates the kind of biblical interpretation found in the Scrolls and related literature. An excellent book for classroom use.
—John J. Collins
For almost 2000 years Christians and Jews shared a common base for translating the Hebrew scriptures into modern languages. Now, with the discovery of copies of Old Testament books that predate Jesus, the situation has changed: with some books, especially the books of Samuel and Jeremiah, Hebrew texts are available for the first time in markedly different versions. What does one do now about translating ‘scripture’ for synagogue or church? Equally important is the issue of interpretation, and it is imperative to observe, sometimes for the first time, how early Jews interpreted the books that Christians cherish as scripture. In this new volume, now available thanks to one of our best publishers of books about the Bible, some leading experts share their insights into these difficult issues.
—James H. Charlesworth
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About the Editor
Peter W. Flint is the Associate professor of biblical studies and codirector of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
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