Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XIV. Qumran Cave 4: IX: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Kings by Eugene Ulrich

Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XIV. Qumran Cave 4: IX: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Kings

EditorEugene Ulrich, Frank Moore Cross, Sidnie White Crawford

Hardcover | August 1, 1995

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This volume continues the publication of the series of biblical Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains twenty-four Hebrew manuscripts of the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Kings. These texts antedate by a millennium those that had previously heldthe title of the earliest surviving Hebrew biblical manuscripts. They document a pluriformity acceptable in the ancient biblical textual tradition before the text became standardized later in the Christian and Rabbinic period.Some of the scrolls (e.g. 4QDeut, 4QDeut) are not properly manuscripts of biblical books but rather contain excerpts from biblical books, compiled probably for liturgical purposes. 4QJosh, the oldest extant manuscript of that book, displays a different sequence of episodes concerning the firstaltar built in the newly entered land. Similarly, 4QJudg attests to an early text of Judges without a lengthy Deuteronomistic insertion now found in the textus receptus. Superior textual variants from these manuscripts have been adopted in recent revised translations of the Bible.

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Eugene Ulrich is a Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Title:Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XIV. Qumran Cave 4: IX: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, KingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 12.24 × 9.13 × 0.83 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This volume continues the publication of the series of biblical Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains twenty-four Hebrew manuscripts of the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Kings. These texts antedate by a millennium those that had previously held the title of the earliest surviving Hebrew biblical manuscripts. They document a pluriformity acceptable in the ancient biblical textual tradition before the text became standardized later in the Christian and Rabbinic period.

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`This material is extremely important for our understanding of the textual transmission of the biblical texts and some of it illuminates the liturgical use of that text as well ... As a group, these copies of Deuteronomy from Cave 4 are quite important for the history of the text of the book.'James R. Davila, Jrnl of Semitic Studies