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This front matter section of the book tilted Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism contains preface and abbreviations. The present study identifies and classifies prophetic and revelatory phenomena in the Dead Sea Scrolls. In using the term 'prophecy,' the author refers to the "transmission of allegedly divine messages by a human intermediary to a third party". 'Revelation' indicates the means by which the prophet receives the alleged divine message. The Qumran community, like nearly all segments of Second Temple Judaism, viewed itself as based on a revealed religion. This self-perception was grounded in the belief that the present community represented the embodiment of biblical Israel, and therefore possessed the true meaning of the revelation at Sinai and all subsequent revelations to Moses and the prophets.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Israel; Moses; Qumran community; Second Temple Judaism; Sinai



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