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After an initial flurry of work on the War Scroll (1QM; M) just after its discovery in 1947, interest in this unique scroll seemed to wane, and much of scholarship merely reiterated the results of prior studies. It has mainly been based on the work of such scholars as Yigael Yadin and Jean Carmignac who preferred to read the text as a unified composition. For others, the focus was slightly different, as they sought to understand the texts compositional history, with Philip Davies monograph being the most thorough and careful treatise on the matter. While the work done then was most commendable, it did not have the advantage of access to the materials from Caves 4 and 11, both of which contained texts akin to M, thought to be either copies of the Cave 1 manuscript, or different recensions of the same composition.

Keywords: Cave 11; Cave 4; text's compositional history; War Scroll



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