Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Qumran Cave 4


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Calendars and the celebration of feasts and holidays form an important part of religious and national movements. Often they cause debate and lead to schism. It is well documented that the Qumran community followed a solar calendar which differed fundamentally from the lunar calendar observed at the Temple in Jerusalem. This volume contains texts composed by the Qumran community which delineated its calendar, considered 'God-ordained'. Some of the texts were written in a unique script known as 'Cryptic A' indicating their esoteric and secret nature.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 238 x 314 x 26mm | 1,360.77g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, French, Hebrew, Official Aramaic; Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
  • 13 black & white plates
  • 019827016X
  • 9780198270164
  • 1,800,608

Review quote

...another masterpiece in the DJD series... Sacha Stern, Journal of Semitic Studies All scholars of Qumran texts should be grateful to the three editors who have produced this volume. For the first time we have the corpus of calendrical texts available not only in transcription but also with photographs and full supporting detail in the DJD fashion. Dead Sea Discoveries

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