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Prophecy is a central concern of the Dead Sea Scrolls, both in sectarian and non-sectarian documents. Half a century of Qumran scholarship has yielded innumerable studies on these issues. Much work has been conducted on the prophetic scriptural 'canon' at Qumran, the important role of biblical prophets in pesher literature, and more recently the parabiblical prophetic texts. '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. This introductory chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Israel; Judaism; Moses; prophetic texts; Qumran community; Sinai



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