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Revelatory exegesis: The turn to literary prophecy

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This chapter examines the phenomenon of revelatory exegesis as it was known in the Qumran community and Second Temple Judaism. It explores the initial appearance of this feature in two books of the Hebrew Bible - Chronicles and Ezra. These books are chosen for two specific reasons. Both are products of early Second Temple Judaism and therefore attest to several trends in the transition from the biblical world to Second Temple Judaism. The evidence treated thus far has demonstrated how several prophetic elements in the Dead Sea Scrolls are closely related to developments in late biblical literature. Moreover, each book provides a useful template with which to proceed into the examination of later Second Temple revelatory traditions. Both introduce inspired individuals who received divine revelation through literary means. The inspired individuals in Chronicles and Ezra presage the appearance of similar individuals and activity in later Second Temple Judaism and at Qumran.

Keywords: biblical literature; Chronicles; Dead Sea Scrolls; Ezra; Hebrew Bible; prophetic Scripture; Qumran community; revelatory exegesis; Second Temple Judaism



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