Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran

Martin S. Jaffee

in Torah in the Mouth

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140675
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834334 | DOI:
 Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran

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Explores the nature of oral‐performative reading and text‐interpretive tradition in the scribal community (Yakhad) associated with the Qumran ruins and the Dead Sea scrolls. The focus is upon the conceptions of the authority of written texts and their oral‐performative transmission as embodied in the community's written representations of the study session of the community, its own practice of textual study preserved in the Damascus Covenant (CD), and the Community Rule (1QS). The chapter shows that despite a rich tradition of interpretive reading of scriptural works and others regarded as stemming from prophecy, the Qumran Yakhad had no sense of itself as bearing an ancient tradition, either oral or written.

Keywords: Authority of written texts; Community Rule (1QS); Damascus Covenant (CD); Dead Sea scrolls; oral‐performative transmission; Qumran; study session of the community; Yakhad

Chapter.  5849 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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