Sectarian Literature

4QMysteries(b), A Preliminary Edition, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Revue de Qumran 16, p. 203-223.
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4QMysteries(b), A Preliminary Edition, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Revue de Qumran 16, p. 203-223.

The texts entitled “Mysteries” consist of four manuscripts. Three of these, 1Q27, 4Q299 (4QMysta), and 4Q300 (4QMystb) can definitely be shown to be one and the same text. The fourth, 4Q301 (4QMystc), was classified as part of this same composition by J. T Milik, although no definite overlap in text exists. The close parallels between […]

The Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness I-II – The Thirty-Five Years War
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The Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness I-II – The Thirty-Five Years War

COL I (1) For the In[structor, the Rule of] the War. The first attack of the Sons of Light shall be undertaken against the forces of the Sons of Darkness, the army of Belial: the troops of Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the [Amalekites], (2) Philistia, and the troops of the Kittim of Asshur. […]

Psalms Scroll 22-1-15- Apostrophe to Zion
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Psalms Scroll 22-1-15- Apostrophe to Zion

Translation by Geza Vermes (4QPSf and 11QPsa).  I will remember you, O Zion, for a blessing; with all my might I love you; your memory is to be blessed for ever. Your hope is great, O Zion. Peace and your awaited salvation will come. Generation after generation shall dwell in you and generations of the pious shall […]

Ideology
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Ideology

Primary sources Sifre Deuteronomy 351- The Antiquity of the Concept of Oral Law Mishnah Rosh ha-Shanah 1-1-9- The Fixing of the Calendar Tosefta Rosh ha-Shanah 1-1-14- More on the Fixing of the Calendar The Temple Scroll LVI-LVII- The Law of the King (Martinez) Secondary sources Calendar Controversies, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, […]

Is the Temple Scroll a Sixth Book of the Torah—Lost for 2,500 Years? Hartmut Stegemann, BAR 13:06, Nov-Dec 1987.
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Is the Temple Scroll a Sixth Book of the Torah—Lost for 2,500 Years? Hartmut Stegemann, BAR 13:06, Nov-Dec 1987.

The Dead Sea Scrolls The Temple Scroll is the longest and, in my view, clearly the most important of the preserved Dead Sea Scrolls. It was composed, I believe, as an addition or, still better, a supplement to the Pentateuch, as a sixth book of the Torah, on the same level of authority as Genesis, […]

Temple Scroll, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Anchor Bible Dictionary (ed. David Noel Freedman), Doubleday, New York 1992.
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Temple Scroll, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Anchor Bible Dictionary (ed. David Noel Freedman), Doubleday, New York 1992.

The Dead Sea Scrolls TEMPLE SCROLL. A scroll emanating from Qumran Cave 11 (hence its designation 11QTemple; Heb Megillat Hammiqdaš) which sets forth the author/redactor’s plan for a perfect society, cult, and government of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. A. Discovery The Temple Scroll was first brought to the attention of the […]

Pesher
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Pesher

Overview Overview- Pesher Primary sources Habakkuk Pesher I-IX- The Coming of the Final Age (Martinez) Secondary sources The Prophets in the Hands of Men, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994. Pesher Habakkuk, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994. Pesher Isaiah, Lawrence […]

Dead Sea Scrolls Spotlight: The Temple Scroll, Magen Broshi, BAR 33:04, Jul-Aug 2007.
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Dead Sea Scrolls Spotlight: The Temple Scroll, Magen Broshi, BAR 33:04, Jul-Aug 2007.

The Dead Sea Scrolls The Temple Scroll is the longest Dead Sea Scroll (over 28 feet, preserved almost to its entire length) and one of the most important. It was excavated by Bedouin in Cave 11 in 1956 (since then no more scrolls have been discovered at Qumran).a The Dead Sea Scrolls can be divided […]

Masada and Its Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.
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Masada and Its Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.

The Dead Sea Scrolls The texts found at Masada provide us with additional information about the state of Judaism on the eve of the revolt and in the early years thereafter. In this fortress, located south of Ein Gedi and facing the Dead Sea atop an isolated rock cliff, the Jewish rebels made their last […]

Harmonic and Mystical Characteristics in Poetic and Liturgical Writings From Qumran, Bilhah Nitzan, The Jewish Quarterly Review 85,1-2 (1995).
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Harmonic and Mystical Characteristics in Poetic and Liturgical Writings From Qumran, Bilhah Nitzan, The Jewish Quarterly Review 85,1-2 (1995).

I Basic to Jewish thought is the existential separation between God and nature, and hence between God and man- “The heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he gave over to man” (Ps 115-16). Nevertheless, both biblical and post-biblical literature express the desire to bridge the existential distance between God and man. The human […]