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The Reconstruction Of 4qmmt: A Methodological Critique

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In 1996 one of the official editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Elisha Qimron, published a brief article entitled The Nature of the Reconstructed Composite Text of 4QMMT. Taking up Qimrons challenge, the chapter examines several of 4QMMTs proposed reconstructions in an effort to scrutinize both the feasibility of the editors proposals and their methodological approach. The reconstruction of 4QMMT is complicated by many factors. Not only are large portions of the text extremely fragmentary but the reconstructions forwarded by Qimron are dependent upon certain preconceived notions about the character of 4QMMT and upon a systemic, yet selective, reading of the halakhic material in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Keywords: 4QMMT; Dead Sea Scrolls; Elisha Qimrons challenge



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