Sapiential Perspectives: Wisdom Literature in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium of The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 20-22 May, 2001

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The papers in this volume were originally read at the Sixth International Orion Symposium. The primary focus of the volume is on the wisdom texts from Qumran that have been fully edited only in recent years, especially 1Q/4QMysteries and 4QInstruction.
Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, our knowledge of wisdom literature in the Second Temple period was limited to contemporary biblical books, apocryphal works, and pseudepigraphical writings. These recently published ...

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Overview

The papers in this volume were originally read at the Sixth International Orion Symposium. The primary focus of the volume is on the wisdom texts from Qumran that have been fully edited only in recent years, especially 1Q/4QMysteries and 4QInstruction.
Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, our knowledge of wisdom literature in the Second Temple period was limited to contemporary biblical books, apocryphal works, and pseudepigraphical writings. These recently published compositions now allow for a more nuanced picture of wisdom literature and its impact on and interaction with other genres. In addition to shedding light on the world of their authors, these texts illustrate how biblical wisdom was reused in new contexts, and provide a missing link between earlier and later sapiential compositions.

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Meet the Author

John J. Collins, is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. He is currently editor of the Supplement Series to the Journal for the Study of Judaism (Brill) and of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Brill).
Gregory E. Sterling, is Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and the Associate Dean of the Faculty, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.He is the general editor of the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series (Brill), the Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series (University of Notre Dame Press), and co-editor of The Studia Philonica Annual.
Ruth Clements, Th.D. (1997), Harvard Divinity School, is Chief of Publications of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Revealed Wisdom: From the Bible to Qumran 1
Wisdom Literature and its Relation to Other Genres: From Ben Sira to Mysteries 13
The Eschatologizing of Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls 49
Priestly Sages? The Milieus of Origin of 4QMysteries and 4QInstruction 67
Halakhic Elements in the Sapiential Texts from Qumran 89
The Categories of Rich and Poor in the Qumran Sapiential Literature 101
What is the Book of Hagu? 125
4Q215A (Time of Righteousness) in Context 141
App 4Q215a, Frgs. 1, 2, 3, and 4 - Text and Notes 162
Was There a Common Ethic in Second Temple Judaism? 171
Index of Modern Authors 195
Index of Ancient Sources 198
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