The Laws of the Damascus Document: Sources, Tradition, and Redaction

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C. H. Hempel
BRILL, 1998 - Religion - 217 pages
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The Damascus Document is one of the key texts to have been discovered in both spectacular Jewish manuscript discoveries of the 20 th century: the Cairo Genizah and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The legal part of this document has until recently received little scholarly attention. With the recent publication of eight manuscripts of the Damascus Document from cave 4, which provide a substantial amount of additional legal material, the legal part of this document is set to be the focus of research in coming years. This volume provides a detailed analysis of the Laws of the Damascus Document which fully incorporates the new cave 4 evidence. The author offers a close reading of the text and identifies a number of literary strata as well as a considerable amount of redactional activity.
 

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Contents

Identifying Sources and Redactional Activity
15
HI Halakhah
25
Admission into the Covenant
73
Administration of Justice
91
The Organization
105
The Penal Code
141
Summary and Conclusion to Chapters FourSeven
149
Catalogue of Transgressions
163
Transitional Chapter Introducing the Laws
171
Conclusion
187
Indices
205
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Charlotte Hempel, Ph.D. (1995) University of London, is Sutasoma Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge. Recent publications include "The Earthly Essene Nucleus of IQSa," in "Dead Sea Discoveries" (1996) and "The Penal Code Reconsidered" in "Legal Texts and Legal Issues," (Brill, 1997).