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The Law Of Vows And Oaths (Num 30, 3–16) In The Zadokite Fragments And The Temple Scroll

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Numbers 30:3-16 served as the source for extended passages in the Zadokite Fragments and the Temple Scroll. Both passages dealt with a series of issues and presented extensive legal material. Whereas the Zadokite Fragments limits its discussion to only some of the cases discussed in the Bible, the Temple Scroll deals with all the issues raised in Scripture. Accordingly, 11QT treats vows and oaths of a man, vows and obligations of a minor woman, a wife's vows or oaths of self-affliction, and vows and oaths of a widow or divorcee. Whereas the Temple Scroll relates only to the very same issues raised in the Bible, the Zadokite Fragments takes on subtle distinctions not raised in Scripture. It therefore discusses oaths to fulfill commandments of the Torah, oaths to violate the Torah, and the annulment of oaths to violate the covenant.

Keywords: Bible; Numbers; Temple Scroll; Torah; zadokite Fragments

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