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Biblical prophetic epithets in Transition I: Prophetic 'visionaries'

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This chapter examines a series of texts that contain references to ancient prophetic 'visionaries'. It locates the specific passages where 'visionary' is employed in order to refer to an ancient prophetic figure. This analysis has concluded that the term 'visionaries' is employed in the Dead Sea Scrolls in a prophetic and non-prophetic sense. In the prophetic sense, the term also underwent a linguistic shift in that it most often appears as the nomen regens of a construct phrase. In this case, the 'visionaries' are identified with a secondary attribute. In the passages alluding to ancient prophetic 'visionaries,' a clear pattern emerges. The employment of 'visionaries' in the Hodayot is dramatically different from that which appears in the Hebrew Bible. The biblical usages all refer to prophetic activity. "Visionaries of truth" is an expression that appears nowhere else in Qumran literature or the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords: ancient prophetic 'visionaries'; biblical passages; Dead Sea Scrolls; Hebrew Bible; Hodayot; Qumran literature



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