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This front matter section of this book titled The courtyards of the house of the Lord: studies on the Temple scroll contains foreword, acknowledgments, preface and introduction: the Enigma of the Temple Scroll. The Temple Scroll of Cave 11, at 28.5 feet the longest of the preserved Qumran scrolls, consists of nineteen sheets, mostly of three or four columns each. The underlying theological principle for deriving law in the Temple Scroll is different from that found in the rest of Qumran literature and from the other contemporary systems of Jewish law. The scroll presents itself as a rewritten Torah, beginning with the renewal of the Sinaitic covenant of Exodus 34 and then turning to the building of the Temple in Exodus 35. The scroll's plan bears little relationship to the teachings of the Qumran sect as they are known from the sectarian texts.

Keywords: Exodus; Jewish law; Qumran literature; Temple Scroll; Torah



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