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Rabbinic Perspectives: Rabbinic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 7-9 January, 2003)
Fraade, Steven D., Aharon Shemesh and Ruth A. Clements, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2006 pp. xi + 211. $168.00

Series Information
Studies on the Text of the Desert of Judah, 62


Description: The studies in this volume examine the intersection of the Dead Sea Scrolls with early rabbinic literature. This is a particularly rich area for comparative study, which has not heretofore received sufficient scholarly attention. While some of the contributions in this volume focus on specific comparative case studies, others address far-reaching issues of historical and comparative methodology. Particular attention is paid to questions of the nature of sectarian and rabbinic law, and how each may elucidate the other. These studies model the directions that need to be pursued in future scholarship on the lines of continuity and discontinuity that connect and differentiate these two literary corpora and their respective religious cultures and social structures.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Moshe J. Bernstein
Published 2/2/2009
Citation: Moshe J. Bernstein, review of Steven D. Fraade, Aharon Shemesh, and Ruth A. Clements, eds., Rabbinic Perspectives: Rabbinic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 7-9 January, 2003), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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