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This front matter section of this book titled Reading the Human Body: Physiognomics and Astrology in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hellenistic-Early Roman Period Judaism contains acknowledgments and abbreviations. The book deals with two manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls whose contents are physiognomic and physiognomic-astrological. These manuscripts contain material that was unknown to have existed in this form in Hellenistic-Early Roman period Judaism before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls near Qumran. The two manuscripts are fragmentary, the style of both texts is succinct, and some of the terminology is enigmatic. Despite these difficulties, the manuscripts contain enough to understand some of the arcane things these texts reveal to their intended reader.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Hellenistic-Early Roman period Judaism; human body; Qumran



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