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Rewriting Scriptures in Second Temple Times (Sidnie White Crawford) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2008) 9780802847409
Rewriting Scriptures in Second Temple Times (Sidnie White Crawford) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2008) 9780802847409
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Title: Rewriting Scriptures in Second Temple Times

Author: Crawford, Sidnie White

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802847409

Volumes: 1; Pages: 172

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Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times investigates the phenomenon of inner-scriptural exegesis in six of the major works found at Qumran: the pre-Samaritan Scripture texts; Reworked Pentateuch; the Temple Scroll; Jubilees; the Genesis Apocryphon; and Commentary on Genesis A.What these works show, contends Sidnie White Crawford, is that there was a spectrum of texts, beginning with the scriptural text, moving to a harmonized scriptural text, and then beyond, to entirely new compositions. All of these texts are the products of a particular understanding of the work of the scribe, which was to not merely copy, but to also interpret, update, and make relevant the Scripture for the contemporary Jewish community. This understanding led to texts that were "rewritten." Interpretation took place within the texts, not separately from them.Propounding a new theory of how these texts cohere as a group, especially in her assertion that they can be identified with the Essenes and that the pre-Samaritan scriptural texts are a product of this interpretive school, Crawford offers an original and evocative work for anybody interested in the Second Temple period.Table of Contents PrefaceAbbreviations1. Introduction2. The Text of the Pentateuch at Qumran3. Reworked Pentateuch4. The Book of Jubilees5. The Temple Scroll6. The Genesis Apocryphon7. 4QCommentary on Genesis A8. ConclusionIndex of Modern AuthorsIndex of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature
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