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Cave 11 In Context

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Chapter Summary

Harmut Stegemann has proposed that the Cave 1 manuscripts "constituted the portion of the Khirbet Qumran Library holdings that the Qumran settlers saw as especially worthy of urgent rescue". This chapter presents a similar exercise with the contents of Cave 11. It addresses the questions: What is peculiar to Cave 11? and How do materials from Cave 11 relate to the Qumran collection as whole, now that all the manuscripts have been published? In the chapter, the author takes the tables and qualifications of the manuscripts given by Tov at face value, even though using more recent discussions that appeared since the publication of Devorah Dimant's classification of sectarian and non-sectarian texts in 1995 might have changed the numbers a little. The chapter presents idea of the full spectrum of preserved material and are no longer dependent on the best preserved manuscripts from Cave 1 which were published relatively speedily.

Keywords: Cave 11; Khirbet Qumran; sectarian texts



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