Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

byTimothy H. Lim

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What was the ancient exegetes' attitude to the biblical texts? Did they consider them `sacred' in the sense that the words were the inviolable utterances of God? Or did they when necessary modify and adapt holy writ for their own purposes? This book examines the question of exegeticalmodifications from the post-Qumran perspective of textual pluriformity of literalism that runs through ancient exegeses and translations. The Qumran Commentators and Paul complemented their fulfilment-exegeses by paying close attention to the verbal formations of the biblical texts. Thehermeneutical principles underlying their exegeses involved a multiplex of competing forces that at the same time sought to make scripture relevant while guarding it from changes. In so far as the label 'post-biblical exegesis' describes a clear separation between the written, authoritative textsand its interpretation, the distinction is overdrawn, for the ancients were not merely commentators, but also in some sense authors of the biblical texts.

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What was the ancient exegetes' attitude to the biblical texts? Did they consider them `sacred' in the sense that the words were the inviolable utterances of God? Or did they when necessary modify and adapt holy writ for their own purposes? This book examines the question of exegeticalmodifications from the post-Qumran perspective of...

Timothy H. Lim is at University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826206X

ISBN - 13:9780198262060

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`This book is of considerable importance ... This book raises issues which should be addressed by all concerned with the study of the Qumran Scrolls and the New Testament.'James E. Harding, Journal of Jewish Studies, 50.2