The Social Matrix that Shaped the Hebrew Bible and Gave us the Dead Sea Scrolls

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This study explores intriguing points of contact between embryonic sectarianism as identified in the Dead Sea Scrolls with emerging sectarianism in the Hebrew Bible. In particular, I suggest that the small fellowship groups that ultimately gave rise to the Qumran milieu are the heirs of the Torah-disciples identified by Alexander Rofé as lying behind the shaping of the Hebrew Bible. My particular focus is a passage from the opening lines of 1QS 6 (1QS 6:6b-7a), read side by side with Josh 1:8 and Ps 1:2. This approach offers opportunities to bridge the gap between the circles that shaped the final stages of parts of the Hebrew Bible and incipient communal life as described in 1QS 6:6b-7a.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies on the Text and Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Honour of Robert Gordon
EditorsGeoffrey Khan, Diana Lipton
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9789004217300
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Publication series

NameVetus Testamentum Supplement Series


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