From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule

From Qumran to the Yahad: A New Paradigm of Textual Development for The Community Rule

by Alison Schofield
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004170073

ISBN-13: 9789004170070

Pub. Date: 11/27/2008

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Since the discovery of the Cave 4 versions of The Community Rule (Serekh ha-Yah.ad or S), scholars have been perplexed about its complex textual history. This important charter material for the Dead Sea Scrolls’ authors appears in alternate versions—ones with contradictory legal prescriptions and opposing self-references—but exhibits no

Overview

Since the discovery of the Cave 4 versions of The Community Rule (Serekh ha-Yah.ad or S), scholars have been perplexed about its complex textual history. This important charter material for the Dead Sea Scrolls’ authors appears in alternate versions—ones with contradictory legal prescriptions and opposing self-references—but exhibits no clear order of chronological development. Benefitting from the entire Qumran library now available to us, this book offers a new, broader model for reading S that better accounts for the long and diverse history behind the text. The resulting paradigm challenges the Qumrancentric lens through which many read the “sectarian texts” and offers a fresh way of thinking about sectarian community formation among the authors of the Scrolls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004170070
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/27/2008
Series:
Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah Series, #77
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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