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Rewritten Bible As A Borderline Phenomenon—Genre, Textual Strategy, Or Canonical Anachronism?

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It is a delight to celebrate and honour Florentino García Martínez, who by the quality and number of his works on the Dead Sea Scrolls has placed himself as one of the most outstanding scholars on the subject. This chapter attracts the scholarly attention of García Martínez: the phenomenon that he has aptly designated the problem of borderlines. It focuses on one distinct aspect of this discussion that recently has become a controversial subject of scholarly debate, the understanding of the category of rewritten Bible. The subject of the debate has been about whether the concept, originally coined by Geza Vermes, is most adequately conceived of in terms of a genre or in terms of a textual strategy. Florentino García Martínez, for one, has been a pioneer in pointing to the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for a renewed and refined understanding of the borderline problem.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls; Florentino García Martínez; rewritten Bible; textual strategy



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