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Geography And Ideology In The Copper Scroll (3q15) From Qumran

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The Copper Scroll (3Q15) from Khirbet Qumran was discovered in 1952 by a team of archaeologists lead by Roland de Vaux. The purpose of this chapter is to approach the questions of literary genre and historical setting, taking as a point of departure the geographical perspective exhibited in the text. The geographical outlook of the Copper Scroll seems to focus primarily on the area in and near Jerusalem on locations close to Wadi Qumran and the Dead Sea and in the vicinity of Jericho. Several scholars have pointed to the similarities between the Copper Scroll text and a list or a catalogue, and to the lack of any narrative framework in the document. A noticeable feature of the Copper Scroll is the frequency of references to hiding places which are in one way or the other associated with notions of impurity.

Keywords: Copper Scroll (3Q15) text; Jerusalem; Khirbet Qumran; literary genre



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