By Moshe J. Bernstein

This choice of essays brings jointly in a single handy position the targeted insights of 1 of the best specialists within the interpretation of Scripture within the moment Temple interval. The essays are superbly crafted, completely engaged with the first texts, rather well honed methodologically, and hugely informative. those volumes are guaranteed to turn into a key reference element not just for students of the Scrolls, but additionally for all these drawn to the worries and techniques of Jewish interpretation some time past.
George J. Brooke, collage of Manchester

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James C. VanderKam, collage of Notre Dame

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This selection of essays brings jointly in a single handy position the precise insights of 1 of the top specialists within the interpretation of Scripture within the moment Temple interval. The essays are fantastically crafted, completely engaged with the first texts, rather well honed methodologically, and hugely informative.

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Morgenstern (“A New Clue to the Length of the Genesis Apocryphon,” JJS 47 [1996]: 345–47) has noted that the surviving sheets containing columns 5–22 are marked with the consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, pe, qop and ṣade. He inferred that, since pe is the seventeenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet there must have been fifteen or sixteen sheets preceding the one on which column 1 is preserved. This would provide for a loss at the beginning of the Apocryphon of more than seventy columns, a length greater than that of any surviving Qumran manuscript.

4Q422 also summarizes the story in very brief compass, with no room for the chronology of the Flood which we shall see in 4Q252, and there may not even have been room to describe the building of the ark within the fragmentary remains. Like 4Q370, 4Q422 seems to employ the material from Genesis in a hortatory fashion, relating God’s deliverance of Noah and the subsequent covenant. In both works, God’s actions seem to be the focus of the author’s attention. 19 The former is an extremely fragmentary document which is distinguished by having a scope beyond that of most of the Genesis texts we are discussing.

Chapter One PENTATEUCHAL INTERPRETATION AT QUMRAN The list of documents found at Qumran which, in some sense or other, can be considered to contain interpretation of the Pentateuch includes more than fifty items, some of which exist in more than one copy. Pentateuchal interpretation at Qumran thus presents, unsurprisingly, a far more complex picture than that relating to any other biblical book or group of books. This is due, on the one hand, to the greater significance which the Torah possessed for the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls compared with the books which we now know as the Prophets and Hagiographa, and to the very scope and generic variety of the material in the Torah, on the other.

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