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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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Post-Qumran Perspectives on Exegesis

Post-Qumran Perspectives on Exegesis

(p.12) 2 Post-Qumran Perspectives on Exegesis
Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

Timothy H. Lim

Oxford University Press

The scrolls found in the caves near the archaeological site of Khirbet Qumran have often been hailed as the greatest manuscript discovery in Palestine and Israel in the 20th century. The scrolls, when viewed within the context of the Qumran-Essene community, contribute substantially to Bible interpretation of the Second Temple period by portraying a group that searched the scriptures and by providing some of the results of this exegetical endeavour. Unlike the exegetical compositions, the biblical scrolls found at Qumran have not enjoyed the same recognition of relevance for Bible interpretation, even though they too should have fundamentally modified the manner in which exegesis is viewed. The reasons for this neglect are attributable in part to the indirect nature of the evidence and the division of the Qumran scrolls into the categories of ‘biblical’ and ‘non-biblical’.

Keywords:   biblical scrolls, exegetical scrolls, Khirbet Qumran, Qumran-Essene

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