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The examination and comparison of the purity material from the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed a wide range of concerns and opinions. This book attempts to catalogue all of the places in the scrolls where we have found explicit agreement and explicit disagreement that goes beyond the witness of Scripture. This approach has been adopted for two reasons: (1) given that the Hebrew Scriptures were the common property of all Jewish groups living in the Second Temple period, examples of agreement with Scripture are unhelpful in the attempt to locate independent relationships between two or more documents, authors, redactors, and/or groups; and (2) in contrast to implicit examples, which tend to be based on circumstantial evidence, explicit examples provide us with a far more precise benchmark for locating common interpretations and identifying disagreements between the scrolls.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Hebrew scriptures; Qumran; Second Temple period



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