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The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures among the Dead Sea Scrolls
Falk, Daniel†K.

New York: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. xii + 189. $110.00

Series Information
Companion to the Qumran Scrolls/Library of Second Temple Studies, 8/63


Description: This book introduces the reader to a fascinating genre of writings that retell biblical narratives in various ways. They reflect the concerns and methods of early Jewish interpreters of Scripture. Daniel Falk surveys the content and major scholarly issues of three key examples: Genesis Apocryphon (1QapGen), Reworked Pentateuch (4Q158, 364-5), and Commentary to Genesis (4Q252-4). Particular attention is paid to exploring why and how the authors interpret the Scriptural text in their distinctive ways. The book traces continuity and discontinuity with other Jewish and Christian traditions, and reflects on the significance of these texts for the status of Scripture and the boundary between Scripture and interpretation. Drawing on the latest research and reconstructions of the texts, and with extensive bibliographies, this is an authoritative guide for the student or the non-specialist scholar.

Subjects: Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Matthew Goff
Published 3/22/2008
Citation: Matthew Goff, review of Daniel K. Falk, The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Lee Martin McDonald
Published 7/5/2008
Citation: Lee Martin McDonald, review of Daniel K. Falk, The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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