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Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Timothy H. Lim

in The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199207237
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199207237.003.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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The approach advocated in this article is the understanding of canon as authoritative literature that is binding for the Qumran community. The distinctive features of this approach are: authority is related to a community; the pesherite is central to the understanding of authoritative literature; there is a vaguely bipartite canon where the ‘Torah of Moses’ referred to the Pentateuch; authoritative literature included the biblical lemmata cited and the pesherite interpretation; Jubilees, Enoch, and the Temple Scroll were not considered part of the Torah of Moses; the rules of the community were considered canonical and authoritative; and other books, such as the Psalms of Joshua and ‘the book of meditation’, may also have been considered authoritative.

Keywords: Qumran scrolls; scriptural authority; pesherite; authoritative literature; Pentateuch; Torah of Moses; Psalms of Joshua

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Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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