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Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Alex P. Jassen
Cambridge University Press, 4/7/2014
EAN 9780521196048, ISBN10: 0521196043

Hardcover, 322 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

This book is the first work of its kind to examine legal exegesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls from the perspective of both the history of Jewish law and early Jewish scriptural interpretation. It shows how the Dead Sea Scrolls transform the meaning and application of biblical law to meet the needs of new historical and cultural settings. The Dead Sea Scrolls legal texts are examined through the comparative lens of law and legal interpretation in Second Temple Judaism and rabbinic Judaism. The creative interpretation of scriptural texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls responds to the tension between seemingly rigid authoritative scripture and the need for law and scripture to be perpetually evolving entities. The ongoing legal interpretation of scriptural texts frames the development of Jewish law at the same time as it shapes the nature of the biblical canon.

1. Introduction
2. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the history of Jewish law and legal exegesis
3. Jewish legal exegesis and the origins and development of the canon
4. Isaiah 58:13 and the Sabbath prohibition on speech in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Part 1
the Damascus Document
5. Isaiah 58:13 and the Sabbath prohibition on speech in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Part 2
4QHalakha B
6. Isaiah 58:13 and the Sabbath prohibition on speech in the Book of Jubilees and Rabbinic literature
7. Isaiah 58:13 and the restriction on thoughts of labor on the Sabbath in the Dead Sea Scrolls
8. Isaiah 58:13 and the restriction on thoughts of labor on the Sabbath in Philo and Rabbinic literature
9. Jeremiah 17:21–22 and the Sabbath carrying prohibition in the Dead Sea Scrolls
10. Jeremiah 17:21–22 and the Sabbath carrying prohibition in Nehemiah, Jubilees, and Rabbinic literature
11. Non-pentateuchal passages as prooftexts
12. Conclusions.