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Revelatory exegesis at Qumran

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This chapter explores the background for the pesher approach for providing the ideological basis for the unique approach to Scripture found within pesher texts. It argues for the application of the framework and foundations of revelatory exegesis to the method of pesher interpretation at Qumran. The chapter examines the self-reflective statements in Pesher Habakkuk regarding the role of the Teacher of Righteousness as the inspired interpreter of the ancient prophetic word. The portrait of the Teacher in these passages as one who reformulates the ancient prophetic word in light of contemporary historical circumstances identifies him as a participant of the revelatory exegetical process. The chapter examines three passages in sectarian literature where an original biblical passage has been reformulated in order to conform to its new sectarian interpretation. It suggests that this process is analogous to the rewriting of Deuteronomy and Ezekiel in the Temple Scroll and Pseudo-Ezekiel, respectively.

Keywords: biblical passage; Deuteronomy; Ezekiel; Pesher Habakkuk; Qumran community; revelatory exegesis; sectarian literature; Temple Scroll

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