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The Law Of The Temple Scroll And Its Provenance

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The discovery of the Temple Scroll and its subsequent publication by the late Professor Yigael Yadin has provided us with a gold mine of information pertaining to the views of its author(s) on Jewish law, what the Rabbis later termed halakhah. The text of the Temple Scroll, is here in accord with the later rabbinic calendar, also attested in certain prayer texts from cave 4, and does not agree with the Boethusian calendar or that of the Qumran sect. The Temple Scroll is indeed the largest and most comprehensive of the legal texts from the Hasmonean period. We know its date, and we know that it does not actually agree in large measure with any corpus. There is a need to re-evaluate its connections with the Sadducean traditions available to us, yet this will have to await further publication.

Keywords: Hasmonean period; Jewish law; Qumran sect; Sadducean traditions; Temple Scroll



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