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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.001.0001

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Attitudes to Holy Scripture

Attitudes to Holy Scripture

(p.178) (p.179) 11 Attitudes to Holy Scripture
Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

Timothy H. Lim

Oxford University Press

The writings that together make up ‘holy scripture’ are sacred not because they have been formalized and fixed in stone, but because in them it is thought that the divine will of God can be found. One of the deductions to be drawn from these exegetical adaptations is that ancient interpreters felt the need for changes, because the literal sense of the words does not correspond to what they wish to say. Now the pesherists and Paul do not have to construe the words in this manner. Within their writings are displayed exegetical techniques that range from the literalistic to the figurative and allegorical. Obscure though the choice of exegetical techniques is, the hermeneutical centre of their scriptural interpretations no doubt lies in the revelation of God. Significant, too, for Paul’s hermeneutics is the centrality of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Keywords:   biblical writings, Qumran, Paul, divine will, pesharim, revelation, Jesus

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