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The Genesis Apocryphon: Issues And Objectives

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This chapter provides an overview of this study that took place after a tattered, brittle, parchment scroll was found in a well-hidden cave near the Dead Sea in 1947. The study is composed of three main parts: 1) an introduction to previous research on the Genesis Apocryphon; 2) a new, annotated transcription and translation of the scroll, accompanied by textual notes; and 3) a case study of one area in which recently or newly published portions of text improve our understanding of the scroll-namely, geography. This thematic analysis is followed by some brief, concluding observations on the nature and possible purpose of the scroll. The chapter aims to contextualize ensuing parts of the dissertation within the current stream of research, and to provide a backdrop against which final conclusions may be proffered. A section is designed to be representative of previous scholarship, rather than exhaustive.

Keywords: Dead Sea scrolls; Genesis Apocryphon



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