Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XXII. Qumran Cave 4: XVII

Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XXII. Qumran Cave 4: XVII : Parabiblical Texts, Part 3

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This volume contains a collection of compositions from Cave 4 at Qumran, written during the Second Temple period and linked to biblical texts through characters, themes, or genre. Some of these, such as the Levi Aramaic Document, Testament of Naphtali, and Prayer of Nabonidus, were known previously from Greek and Aramaic manuscripts of the Apocrypha. The additional documents include PseudoDaniel, the Commentaries on Genesis,
Commentary on Malachi, Apocryphon of Joshua, The Two Ways, Apocryphon of Elisha, Prayer of Mercy, and a number of small miscellaneous texts. All these documents greatly enhance our understanding of the phenomenon of psuedepigraphy (written in the name of a famous biblical or religious character) and of biblical interpretation during the
Second Temple period.
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 242 x 323 x 33mm | 1,721g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white plates, tables
  • 0198269366
  • 9780198269366
  • 2,211,678

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many of the works are significant texts from the library at Qumran. Hence, this volume bears considerable interest for all those interested in teh tantalizing world of the Dead Sea Scrolls. ... the volume is an impressive collaborative work. The vagaries of multiple authorship are admirably managed. ... For these things and for others a debt of gratitude is owed to the consulting editor, James VanderKam, and to his assistants Monica Brady and Tobin
Rachford. * Robert A. Kugler, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly * Although fragmentary, the importance of the documents contained within this volume cannot be exaggerated. * Matthew Morgenstern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Autumn 1997 * The high quality that one has come to expect from the DJD series under the editorial leadership of Emmanuel Tov continues to be fufilled...The texts are presented accurately, and the book is generally easy to use. * Journal of Jewish Studies * '...All the editors should be thanked for producing reliable editions of the texts. This DJD volume, published without delay, more than satisfactorily justifies the new policy of open access to the scrolls and the co-operation of an expanded team of scholars.' * Jnl Theological Studies * Although a good number of the texts in this volume have already been published in preliminary form, the exemplary learning and care with which they are here presented continues to offer new challenges to the scholar of Second Temple Judaism. * George WE Nickelsburg, Brill, Leiden 1999 *
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