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Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Qumran Cave 4: VII Volume XII: Genesis to Numbers

Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Qumran Cave 4: VII Volume XII: Genesis to Numbers

Hardback Discoveries in the Judaean Desert

Volume editor Eugene Ulrich, Volume editor Frank Moore Cross, Volume editor James R. Davila

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 320mm x 26mm | 1,470g
  • Publication date: 11 May 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198263651
  • ISBN 13: 9780198263654
  • Illustrations note: 1 colour and 48 pp black and white plates

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This volume inaugurates the publication of the series of biblical Dead Sea Scrolls written in the Jewish (or 'square') script that were discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains twenty-six manuscripts of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. These Hebrew texts antedate by a millenium what had previously been considered the earliest surviving biblical manuscripts in the original language. They document a pluriformity acceptable in the ancient biblical textual tradition that formed the basis for the Samaritan Pentateuch and helps to illumine the historical and theological relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans. Superior textual variants from these manuscripts have been adopted in recent revised translations of the Bible.

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The editors should be thanked for presenting some of the evidence of this 'Qumran Bible' in a careful and clear manner. Journal of Theological Studies