Qumran Studies

Philip Davies

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Qumran Studies

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The Dead Sea Scrolls have undoubtedly provoked biblical scholarship into completely new ways of thinking about the manner in which the biblical literature originated and was transmitted, interpreted, and canonized. In the areas of text and canon, much has been learned, and a good deal of discussion generated; in respect of Hebrew linguistics, the nature and variety of Qumran Hebrew has also been much debated, though with rather less acknowledged impact on other aspects of biblical studies. This article first looks at Qumran evidence for the ‘Bible’ itself, relating to the emergence of a scriptural canon and the textual characteristics of its components. It then considers the way in which the Qumran literature ‘extends’ scripture through rewriting and interpretation, and the broader issues raised by the Scrolls about the nature and function of the Jewish scriptures.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; biblical scholarship; biblical literature; Hebrew Bible; Jewish scripture

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Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; Christianity

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