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Dead Sea New Jerusalem Text: Contents and Contexts (Lorenzo DiTommaso) Hardcover Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) 9783161487996
Dead Sea New Jerusalem Text: Contents and Contexts (Lorenzo DiTommaso) Hardcover Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) 9783161487996
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Title: The Dead Sea New Jerusalem Text: Contents and Contexts

Author: DiTommaso, Lorenzo

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9783161487996

Volumes: 1; Pages: xv, 228

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This volume is the first study of the Aramaic Dead Sea New Jerusalem text conducted in light of the complete extent of the preserved manuscript copies and with full reference to previous reconstructions. In addition to presenting an edition of the Cave Four copies (4Q554, 4Q554a, 4Q555), Lorenzo DiTommaso discusses the genre of the NJ , the order of its material, and its antecedents and parallels in ancient urban design. He suggests that its New Jerusalem is not a heavenly city and that categories of earthly and heavenly Jerusalems perhaps impose an inappropriate taxonomy on the various ancient Jewish and Christian expressions of the New Jerusalem. The author demonstrates that the NJ shares virtually no points of contact with the Temple Scroll , and that neither text is likely dependent on the other. He also argues that the New Jerusalem of the NJ is neither an eschatological focus of pilgrimage nor a mustering point for the final battle, that the text's eschatological horizon is established by a review of history and anticipates a time when once-hostile nations are humbled, and that it was conceivably composed in the first third of the second century BCE, shortly before the Maccabean revolt.ContentsIntroductionChapter One: 4Q New Jerusalem 1. General Description of the 4Q NJ Fragments 2. Palaeography, Orthography, and Phraseology 3. The 4Q New Jerusalem Fragments Appendix: Numbers and Distance Measurement in 4Q NJ PlatesChapter Two: The New Jerusalem Text and the Idea of the New Jerusalem 1. The NJ Text: A Translation 2. The Order of the Material in the NJ 3. The NJ in the Context of Ancient Urban Architecture and Design 4. The Genre of the NJ 5. The NJ and the Idea of the New JerusalemChapter Three: The New Jerusalem Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls 1. The New Jerusalem at Qumran 2. The NJ in the Eschatological Context of the Qumran Community 3. The Date and Provenance of the NJBibliography Primary Source Index Author Index
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