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The Relationship Of The Zadokite Fragments To The Temple Scroll

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One can compare the relationship of the Zadokite Fragmentsand the Temple Scroll, from a literary point of view, with that of the Mishnah and the halakhic midrashim. This chapter investigates the relationship of these two Qumran texts from a number of perspectives. It discusses the literary structure of the two texts and their relation to their biblical and postbiblical sources. The chapter comments on the contrast between these texts regarding the use of sectarian technical terminology. The main thrust of the chapter is a thorough listing and discussion of the parallel legal rulings found in these two texts. Relevant aspects of the relationship of these two texts to other manuscripts of the Qumran corpus will be briefly surveyed. The chapter explains the implications of our observations for the wider issues arising from the study of these texts.

Keywords: biblical text; Qumran corpus; sectarian Scroll; Temple Scroll; Zadokite Fragments



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