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Negotiating the proper attitude to marriage and divorce

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This chapter focuses on a set of common exegetical patterns discerned in several places in the New Testament, as well as in CD-A 4: 15-5: 2, patterns employed for negotiating the proper attitude to marriage and divorce in the context of the eschatological outlooks reflected in these texts. The two sets of writings should be studied comparatively to outline both the common basic patterns and the variety of exegetical trends of late Second Temple Judaism. The chapter attempts to distinguish between the characteristic features of either Qumran or nascent Christian exegesis and the exegetical patterns common to a variety of Second Temple Jewish groups. To that end, relevant instances of early rabbinic exegesis are taken into consideration. Focusing on the meaning and implications of existing parallels, the chapter probes an avenue of New Testament relevance for a better understanding of Qumranic and wider Jewish exegetical tendencies.

Keywords: CD-A 4: 15; Christian exegesis trends; divorce; Jewish exegetical tendencies; marriage; New Testament; Qumran; Second Temple Judaism



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