Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume XVIII. Qumran Cave 4: XIII: The Damascus Document (4Q266…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorJoseph M. BaumgartenbyJozef T. Milik, Stephen Pfann

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In this long awaited edition Baumgarten presents all the known Qumran Cave 4 manuscripts of the Damascus Document on the basis of J. T. Milik's original transcriptions. These eight manuscripts antedate the two medieval Cairo Geniza texts (CD) by more than a millennium and are indispensablefor all future literary and historical studies on one of the major foundational works of the Qumran community. For the first time we have the paraenetic beginning and ending of the work, as well as major additions to the legal corpus found in one of the medieval texts. The laws of this corpus andthe historical identification of the Jews who formulated them were earlier in this century the subject of much controversy, but have since been largely ignored in Qumran scholarship. Some even suggested that they were not an integral part of the Damascus Document. It is now apparent from theexpanded corpus that the interpretation of biblical law was a central concern of the Qumran community. Among the new subjects treated are such matters as the ethical arrangement of marriages, the role of women in the sect, and the legal status of fetal life. These laws are found side by side withallusions to the cosmic conflict of light and darkness and a view of history in which periods of wrath are ordained to precede the end of days.

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In this long awaited edition Baumgarten presents all the known Qumran Cave 4 manuscripts of the Damascus Document on the basis of J. T. Milik's original transcriptions. These eight manuscripts antedate the two medieval Cairo Geniza texts (CD) by more than a millennium and are indispensablefor all future literary and historical studies...

Joseph M. Baumgarten is at Baltimore Hebrew University. Jozef Tadeusz Milik (1922-2006) was a Polish Catholic priest and Biblical scholar. Fluent in Polish, Russian, Italian, French, German, and English plus many ancient languages.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 12.2 × 9.25 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198263961

ISBN - 13:9780198263968

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