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Moses, David and scribal revelation: Preservation and renewal in second temple jewish textual traditions

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This chapter addresses the question of the relationship between the mediatory figure, the second temple scribe, and the developing text. It proposes that the expansion of Mosaic legal traditions can be illuminated by considering another tradition - psalm collections linked to David, which also underwent growth, change and development. The chapter considers their role in broad context of ancient Judaism, it pays special attention to what the figures of Moses and David, the lawgiver and psalmist, might have meant at Qumran, in a community that strived for perfect adherence to the Torah and for perfect prayer and liturgy, and who preserved most of the expanded "Davidic" and "Mosaic" texts known to us. The argument is presented in three parts: The multivalent character of ideal scribe and the power of scribalism; David and Moses as ideal scribes: ethical exemplarity and inspired textualization; and David and Moses as scribes; scribes as David and Moses.

Keywords: David; Jewish textual traditions; Judaism; lawgiver; mediatory figure; Moses; psalmist; Qumran; scribal revelation; second temple scribe



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