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Laws Concerning Idolatry In The Temple Scroll

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The section of the Temple Scroll which extends from column 53-66 has been described as the Deuteronomic Paraphrase. This section was included by the author/redactor of the complete scroll in order to give it the character of a complete Torah, covering much of the legal material appearing in the Pentateuch. The author worked through large parts of Deuteronomy 12-23, the legal section of Deuteronomy. In the context of the Deuteronomic Paraphrase, with which he concluded his scroll, our author dealt with the various laws regarding idolatry which are included in Deuteronomy. The scroll treats these matters in five passages: 11QT 51:19-52:3 prohibits various idolatrous practices; 11QT 54:8-18 deals with a prophet who incites idolatrous worship; 11QT 54:19-55:1 deals with an individual who entices others to idolatrous worship; 11QT 55:2-14 deals with an idolatrous city and 11QT 55:15-56:04 discusses the idolatrous individual.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; idolatrous prophet; Temple Scroll; Torah

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