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The Qumran Aramaic Texts And The Qumran Community

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Over the years several comprehensive collections of Aramaic texts have been published. Such is one collection edited by Joseph Fitzmyer and Daniel Harrington in English and one published by Klaus Beyer in German. However, motivated by the desire to provide first editions, and interested mainly in the linguistic character of Palestinian Aramaic, the editors in both cases offer texts of various literary types and provenance without attempting any classification or literary analysis. As a result the particular character of the Qumran Aramaic texts is quite lost in these collections. The Aramaic texts should be considered a distinct group within the Qumran library suggested by their particular language, style, and content. A systematic description of the Aramaic Qumran texts as such is still lacking. By way of introduction this chapter outlines the main themes and literary characteristics of the Aramaic corpus and notes some of their implications.

Keywords: Qumran Aramaic texts; Qumran library



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