Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated comprises an extensive preface outlining the origin of the manuscripts and the aims of the translation. This is followed by an introduction offering a survey of the discoveries and their publication, a brief sketch of the characteristics of the Qumran library, and several interesting remarks on the sect's identity, origins and history. The translation of the manuscripts is organized into nine chapters, each with one or two pages of introduction. It concludes with an exhaustive list...

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated comprises an extensive preface outlining the origin of the manuscripts and the aims of the translation. This is followed by an introduction offering a survey of the discoveries and their publication, a brief sketch of the characteristics of the Qumran library, and several interesting remarks on the sect's identity, origins and history. The translation of the manuscripts is organized into nine chapters, each with one or two pages of introduction. It concludes with an exhaustive list of all manuscripts discovered at Qumran. This list is a very useful reference tool and forms a scientific publication in its own right.

Originally published in Spanish (1992) the present authorized translation has been prepared by Wilfred G.E. Watson of the University of Newcastle, a renowned scholar of Biblical Hebrew poetry.

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An English translation of 200 of the Hebrew and Aramaic non-biblical manuscripts found in caves in the region of Qumran, some translated for the first time. Includes introductions to each manuscript with a history of its discovery and its historical context. Manuscripts contain the main rules of the Qumran sect, hymns, poetry, biblical interpretations, rituals, para-biblical literature, astronomical compositions and calendars, and the Copper Scroll, directions to a hidden treasure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9789004100480
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: English ed
  • Pages: 513

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Translation
Translator's Note
Foreword
Introduction
The Dead Sea Scrolls
History of discovery and publication
1947-1956: The First Manuscripts
1949-1955: Excavation and publication of Cave 1
1951-1962: Excavation of Khirbet Qumran and the 'Small Caves'
1952: Cave 4
1956-1977: Cave 11
The dispute over authenticity and antiquity
A sectarian library
Identity and origins of the Qumran Community
History of the Qumran Community
Further reading
Notes to the Introduction
Rules 1
1 The Rule of the Community 3
2 The Damascus Document 33
3 Fragments of other Rules 72
Halakhic Texts 75
1 Halakhic Letter (4QMMT) 77
2 Other halakhic texts 86
Literature with Eschatological Content 93
1 The War Scroll 95
2 The Rule of the Congregation 126
3 Description of the New Jerusalem 129
4 Other texts 136
Exegetical Literature 141
1 Targums 143
2 The Temple Scroll 154
3 Pesharim 185
4 Other texts 208
Para-Biblical Literature 217
1 Paraphrase of the Pentateuch 219
2 Genesis Apocryphon 230
3 Book of Jubilees 238
4 Books of Enoch 246
5 The Book of Giants 260
6 Book of Noah 263
7 Books of the Patriarchs 265
8 Pseudo-Moses 276
9 Pseudo-Joshua 282
10 Pseudo-Samuel 284
11 Pseudo-Jeremiah 285
12 Pseudo-Ezekiel 286
13 Pseudo-Daniel 288
14 Aramaic Proto-Esther 291
15 Tobit in Aramaic and Hebrew 293
Poetic Texts 301
1 Apocryphal psalms 303
2 The Hymns 317
3 Hymns against demons 371
4 Wisdom poems 379
5 Other compositions 399
Liturgical Texts 405
1 Daily prayers 407
2 Festival Prayers 411
3 Words of the Luminaries 414
4 Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice 419
5 Blessings and curses 432
6 Other texts 438
Astronomical Texts, Calendars and Horoscopes 443
1 Astronomical Enoch 445
2 Calendars and priestly rotas 451
3 Horoscopes 456
The Copper Scroll 459
List of Manuscripts from Qumran 465
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