The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English

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Florentino García Martínez
BRILL, 1996 - Religion - 519 pages
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Offering the first comprehensive English translation of the non-biblical Qumran scrolls, "The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated" presents the largest collection of Qumran texts ever published in this language. Two-hundred of the total 625 manuscripts discovered can be found in this volume. (Those manuscripts omitted are either in such a fragmentary condition that translation would be meaningless, or are sufficiently modest in size that translation of them would add very little.) Thanks to the official publication, in 1993, of all the photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls ("The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche" by "Brill," Leiden and the Israel Antiquity Authority), it is now possible for the public to enjoy the same material available to the specialists. The 200 Dead Sea Scrolls translated here are a marked increase on the 62 previously published in the third edition of Geza Vermez's "The Dead Sea Scrolls in English," This increase is mainly possible due to the introduction of the fascinating 'new' texts, some of which, for example 4QMMT, are still awaiting official publication. "The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated" comprises an extensive preface outlining the origin of the manuscripts and the aims of the translation. This is followed by an introduction offering a survey of the discoveries and their publication, a brief sketch of the characteristics of the Qumran library, and several interesting remarks on the sect's identity, origins and history. The translation of the manuscripts is organized into nine chapters, each with one or two pages of introduction. It concludes with an exhaustive list of all manuscripts discovered at Qumran. This list has a double function. Firstly, it provides the readerwith accurate information of all the existing texts, biblical and non-biblical, published an not yet published. Secondly, it offers basic bibliographical references for the textual editions already available and for the publications which provide information on the texts not yet published. This list is a very useful reference tool and forms a scientific publication in its own right. Originally published in Spanish (1992) the present authorized translation has been prepared by Wilfred G.E. Watson of the University of Newcastle, a renowned scholar of Biblical Hebrew poetry. Please note that this title is available to customers in North America exclusively through Eerdmans Publishing Company (www.eerdmans.com).
 

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Contents

The Dead Sea Scrolls
xxxii
in The dispute over authenticity and antiquity
xlv
History of the Qumran Community Iv
lv
The Rule of the Community
3
B The Cave 4 Copies
20
Copies from other caves
32
The Damascus Document
33
B Copies from Cave 4
47
The Book of Giants
260
Books of the Patriarchs
265
4QApocryphon of Moses B 4Q375 4QapocrMoses B
278
Other texts
281
PseudoDaniel
288
Tobit in Aramaic and Hebrew
293
Apocryphal psalms
303
B Independent collections of apocryphal psalms
311

Fragments of other Rules
72
B Translation of the individual copies
79
Other halakhic texts
86
The War Scroll
95
Texts connected with the War Scroll
123
Description of the New Jerusalem 729
129
Other texts
136
Targums
143
The Temple Scroll
154
Pesharim
185
B Commentaries on Hosea 797
191
E Commentary on Habakkuk 797
197
G Commentary on Malachi
203
Paraphrase of the Pentateuch
219
Genesis Apocryphon
230
Book of Jubilees
238
Books of Enoch
246
The Hymns
337
Hymns against demons
371
Incantations
378
Other compositions
399
Daily prayers
407
Festival Prayers
411
Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice
419
Blessings and curses
432
Other texts
438
Astronomical Enoch
445
Calendars and priestly rotas
451
3QThe Copper Scroll 3Q15
461
Biblical manuscripts
467
Biblical manuscripts
473
Biblical manuscripts
513
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Martinez is head of the Qumran Institute, University of Groningen.

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