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History, Ideology and Bible Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Collected Studies
Dimant, Devorah

Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014 pp. xvi + 610. $288.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 90


Description: In this volume, Devorah Dimant assembles twenty-seven thoroughly updated and partly rewritten articles discussing various aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls that she published over the past three decades. An introductory essay written especially for this volume surveys the present state of research on the Scrolls. Dealing with major themes developed in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the author reflects the rapid expansion and change of perspective that has taken place in research on the collection in recent years following its full publication. Among the topics treated are the nature and contents of the Scrolls collection as a whole, the specific literature of the community that owned this collection, the Aramaic texts and the apocryphal and pseudepigraphic works found therein. The volume also includes discussions of particular themes such as the history of the community related to the Scrolls, its self-image and particular interpretation of biblical prophecies, and its notion of time.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Aramaic, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Peter Porzig
Published 9/17/2015
Citation: Peter Porzig, review of Devorah Dimant, History, Ideology and Bible Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Collected Studies, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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