Wisdom Texts from Qumran

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Overview

This study is the first full analysis of the Qumran wisdom texts. New translations and a full explanation of the background and context of wisdom literature introduce the reader to an important and hitherto little discussed part of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
After surveying biblical and extrabiblical wisdom books, the author considers the best and most fully preserved wisdom texts from Qumran. The centrepiece of the book is a discussion of the large wisdom instruction known as Sapiential Work A. Also, the author reflects on the relevance of those texts for the study of early Judaism and Christianity. An appendix treats the Ben Sira scroll from Masada.

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction to Wisdom at Qumran 1
2 Israel's Wisdom Tradition 6
3 Biblical Wisdom Texts and Targums at Qumran 14
4 Wisdom in the Psalms Scroll from Cave 11 23
5 Folly and Wisdom in 4Q184-185 31
6 A Large Wisdom Instruction (Sapiential Work A) 40
7 Other Qumran Wisdom Instructions 60
8 "Sectarian" Wisdom 75
9 Wisdom Texts from Qumran and Early Judaism 81
10 Wisdom Texts from Qumran and Early Christianity 87
Appendix The Ben Sira Scroll from Masada 93
Bibliographical essay 102
Bibliography 104
Index of subjects 111
Index of references 114
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