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Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness:

Maxine L. Grossman

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/9780199207237.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness:

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The quest of the historical Teacher of Righteousness provided scholars with a starting point for considering the social setting and historical milieu out of which the Dead Sea Scrolls originated. Accounts of the Teacher emphasize a career of prophetic preaching to his own followers and conflicts with opposing leaders. This article describes the persona of the Teacher as leader and author; critical theory and the death of the author; and the Teacher as an authorial figure. In addition, a variety of scholarly studies have contributed to the view that the Teacher was author of some or many of the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls. In this context, the so-called ‘Teacher Hymns’ and the text of 4QMMT are particularly popular candidates for authorship by the Teacher.

Keywords: Teacher of Righteousness; Dead Sea Scrolls; prophetic preaching; Teacher Hymns; 4QMMT

Article.  5903 words. 

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

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