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Wisdom Texts from Qumran (Daniel J, SJ Harrington) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1996) 9780415139076

Title: Wisdom Texts from Qumran

Author: Harrington, Daniel J, SJ

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1996

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415139076

Volumes: 1; Pages: 128

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This study is the first full analysis of the Qumran wisdom texts. Translations and a full explanation of the background and context of wisdom literature introduce the reader to an important and hitherto little-discussed part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After surveying biblical and extra-biblical wisdom books, the author considers the best and most fully preserved wisdom texts from Qumran. The centerpiece of the book is a discussion of the large wisdom instruction known as Sapiential Work A. Also, the author reflects on the relevance of those texts for the study of early Judaism and Christianity. An appendix treats the Ben Sira scroll from Masada.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface


1. Introduction to Wisdom at Qumran

2. Israel's Wisdom Tradition

3. Biblical Wisdom Texts and Targums

4. Wisdom in the Psalms Scroll from Cave 11

5. Folly and Wisdom in 4Q184-185

6. A Large Wisdom Instruction (Sapiential Work A)

7. Other Qumran Wisdom Instructions

8. "Sectarian" Wisdom

9. Wisdom Texts from Qumran and Early Judaism

10. Wisdom Texts from Qumran and Early Christianity

Appendix: The Ben Sira Scroll from Masada




"Harring sets out to establish, "What contributions ... these texts from Qumran make to our understanding of biblical wisdom, early Judaism, and Jesus and Christian origins," and accomplishes his goal. Although he aims his study as theological students and biblical scholars, there is much to be gained by the specialist as well."--Religious Studies Review.

"Biblical students will find this not only instructive about the Qumran writings but a concise and useful survey of Wisdom materials in the biblical world as well..."--The Bible Today

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