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The Context Of 4QMMT And Comfortable Theories

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Six copies of the so-called Halakhic Letter 4QMMT were found in Qumran Cave 4, and palaeographers have suggested that they were copied over a period of about 100 years or more (ca. 75 BCE-50 CE). The fact that the interpretation of MMT is a particularly helpful example to illustrate wider methodological issues is already self-evident in the relatively brief history of scholarship on this text. A number of crucial preliminary issues that are at the forefront of current scholarship were emphasized early on by Strugnell, Qimron, Bernstein, and others and have been looked at more recently by Hanne von Weissenberg and Reinhard Kratz. One of the most important statements in 4QMMT is commonly read as a reference to the separation on the part of the authors of the document from society at large.

Keywords: Halakhic letter 4QMMT; palaeographers; Qumran cave 4



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