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Qumran Exegesis

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Much attention and thought has been given in recent years to certain issues regarding Qumran literature: its relationship to particular books of Scripture, its hermeneutic method, and its comparison to rabbinic literature. This chapter focuses on two topics: the similarities and contrasts between the Qumran and rabbinic literatures, and whether characterizations such as ‘rewritten Torah’ are justified. The author concentrates on a comparison of those rules that provide some insight into the specific thinking processes of their authors. Comments are provided on certain comparisons carried out by other scholars so as to explain the author's own comparative system. The focus in the chapter consists of trying to determine how Rabbis nor the Qumran scholars might have understood the texts and reached their particular conclusions.

Keywords: Qumran exegesis; Qumran scholars; rabbinic literature; Rabbis



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