Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume IX. Qumran Cave 4: IV: Palaeo-Hebrew and Greek Biblical…

Hardcover | August 1, 1995

byPatrick Skehan, Eugene Ulrich, Judith E. Sanderson

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This volume inaugurates the publication of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls from the main collection discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains ten biblical manuscripts from Genesis to Deuteronomy and Job. Six are written in the ancient Palaeo-Hebrew script and four are in Greek. There are alsofive hitherto unknown compositions. The Hebrew texts antedate by a millennium what had previously been the earliest surviving biblical codices in the original language, and they document the pluriform nature of the ancient biblical textual tradition before the text became standardized. The mostextensive and significant manuscript, 4QpaleoExodm, exhibits the expanded textual tradition that formed the basis for the Samaritan Pentateuch and illumines the historical and theological relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans. Fragments of an unidentified Greek text mention Moses,Pharaoh, and Egypt, suggesting some development of the Exodus theme, and further witnessing to the rich religious literature to which Rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity were heirs. An index of all the biblical manuscripts from Qumran Cave 4 and their distribution in other Discoveries in theJudaean Desert volumes is provided, and there are also forty pages of plates from the manuscripts.

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This volume inaugurates the publication of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls from the main collection discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains ten biblical manuscripts from Genesis to Deuteronomy and Job. Six are written in the ancient Palaeo-Hebrew script and four are in Greek. There are alsofive hitherto unknown compositions. The Hebr...

The late Patrick Skehan was a Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages at Catholic University of America. Eugene Ulrich is a Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. Judith E. Sanderson is an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 12.01 × 9.25 × 0.94 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`the textual notes provide a detailed text-critical commentary on the transcribed lines. These notes thus provide a wealth of text-critical information ... Skehan and the later editors have performed an exemplary job in deciphering the fragments and reconstructing them into columns. Thisvolume will be invaluable to text-critical scholars of the Hebrew Bible and will also be important for the field of Samaritan scholarship.'Michael C. Douglas, University of Chicago, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol 53, no 3