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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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Features of Literalism

Features of Literalism

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(p.48) 4 Features of Literalism
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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters
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Timothy H. Lim

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.003.0004

Features of literalism do appear even within a thorough reworking of the biblical texts. This chapter draws attention to some of these. There are three well-known features of the pesharim that show how the biblical text was important to the Qumran commentator: the verse-by-verse explication of the biblical text; the isolation and identification of key scriptural words; and the lexical play between the biblical quotation and exposition. Turning to the Pauline letters, the clearest appeal to the word rather than the sense of the biblical text is to be found in Galatians 3 and the arguments for the one seed.

Keywords:   pesharim, Pauline Letters, scriptural words, biblical text, Galatians

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