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Ten Years of Discovery in the Wilderness of Judaea (J T, OP Milik) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781608990368
Ten Years of Discovery in the Wilderness of Judaea (J T, OP Milik) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781608990368
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Title: Ten Years of Discovery in the Wilderness of Judaea

Author: Milik, J T, OP

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781608990368

Volumes: 1; Pages: 182

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J. T. MILIK was a Polish priest who, after brilliant studies in Rome, worked in Jerusalem from 1952, first at the �cole Biblique et Arch�ologique Fran�aise, and later in connection with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He took part in the exploration of the Qumran. From the beginning, he collaborated in the work of publication. With Father D. Barthelemy he published the fragments from Cave I, Qumran Cave I (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert), Oxford 1955; he was the most active member of the international team, which prepared for publication the considerable collection from Cave IV. The fragments from Cave V and the copper rolls from Cave III were entrusted to him. He would eventually publish the Hebrew and Aramaic documents from Murabba'at; he published some fragments from Hirbet Mird and from unidentified caves in the south. He had been given direct access to all the documents still unpublished, which were kept together in the Palestine Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. In short, this work was written by a specialist who knew better than anyone the places and documents of which he spoke. Table of Contents Preface 7 List of Illustrations 9 List of Abbreviations 10 I The Story of the Discoveries 11 The first manuscript cave of the Qumran area (IQ) 11 Discoveries at Murabba'at. Caves II and III at Qumran 14 Hirbet Mird and a cache from the Second Revolt 15 Qumran Caves IV, V and VI 16 Qumran Caves VII-XI and a new cave at Murabba'�t 18 II The Qumran Library 20 How the scrolls were written 21 Biblical manuscripts: The Torah 23 The Former Prophets 25 The Latter Prophets 26 The Writings 27 The Hebrew of the biblical text: new data 28 The Deutero-canonical books or Apocrypha 31 The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Jubilees 32 The Book of Enoch 33 The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 34 Other Old Testament Pseudepigrapha 35 Sectarian literature: The Rule of the Community 37 The Damascus Document 38 The Rule for the War; the Hymns 39 Commentaries on biblical books 40 Other writings found at Qumran 41 III History of the Esaeaes 44 A text from Pliny 44 The exploration of Qumran 45 Description, of the ruins 46 The phases of occupation at Qumran 49 Qumr�n and the Essenes 56 The evidence of the Qumr�n texts 56 The Damascus Document 58 4Q Testimonia 61 The Habakkuk Commentary 64 Other allusions 71 The Teacher of Righteousness 74 Synthesis 80 'They were like the blind ... for twenty years' 80 First phase: strict Essenism 83 Second phase: Essenism with Pharisaic nuances 87 Third phase: the Essenes during Herod's reign 93 Fourth phase: Essenism with Zealot tendencies 94 Conclusion 98 IV Essene Organization and Teachings 99 The hierarchy 99 Admission of new members 101 Ora et labora 103 The sacred banquet 105 The calendar and the feasts 107 The True Israel and the New Covenant 113 The two spirits 118 The spiritual life of the Essenes 119 The eschatological war 121 The two Messiahs 123 V The Discoveries in the Judaean Wilderness and their Importance 129 Documents spread over two thousand years 129 The linguistic importance of the discoveries 130 Palaeography 133 Historical and onomastic importance of the texts 136 Legal importance of the texts 137 The Qumran texts and Hebrew literature 139 The discoveries in the Judaean Desert and the history of religions 140 Chronohgcal Table 144 Bibliography: I Editions 147 II Selected books 149 III Translations of the non-biblical texts 149 IV Discussions in books and articles 150 Additional Notes 151 Index of Subjects 153 Index of Passages Cited 157
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