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The Study Of The Texts From Qumran: A Groningen Perspective

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The author has reflected on what could be considered characteristic of the approach to the Dead Sea Scrolls practised by Adam Simon van der Woude and what we therefore can label as "Groningen". This chapter examines four elements on which the author comments seriatim. The first element is the study of the Scrolls in the context of the Jewish literature and history of the Second Temple Period. The second element of Van der Woude's approach is an exclusively philological and historical-critical study of the Scrolls. A third characteristic of Van der Woude's work (and the work of the Qumran Institute) was his dedication to producing the basic tools necessary for research on the Scrolls. The fourth characteristic of the "Groningen" approach to the study of the Scrolls is its embedment in the academic context of the university.

Keywords: Adam Simon van der Woude; Dead Sea Scrolls; Groningen; Jewish literature; Qumran Institute; Second Temple Period



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