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Old Texts And Modern Mirages: The "I" Of Two Qumran Hymns

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Few Qumran texts have been more hotly discussed in recent times than the hymns Maurice Baillet published 20 years ago as part of one of the copies of the War Scroll from Cave 4. These hymns have been preserved in the first column of fragment 11 of 4Q491, which Baillet entitled the "Canticle of Michael and the canticle of the Righteous". Apparently, one of the reasons for the interest in these badly fragmented hymns has been the possible importance of the first one for an understanding of some ideas present in the New Testament. Independent of who may have been the protagonist of the hymn preserved in 4Q491, once the hymn was inserted in the collection of the Hodayot, the "I" was automatically identified with the Teacher of Righteousness, and through the collective recitation of his words each member of the Community could identify with him.

Keywords: 4Q491; Hodayot; Maurice Baillet; New Testament; Qumran hymns; Teacher of Righteousness



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