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This chapter explores the purpose and function of the epilogue of 4QMMT. It investigates how the epilogue functions as a part of 4QMMT on the one hand, and how the results of the analysis of the epilogue advance our understanding of the whole document on the other. The chapter begins with an inspection and synopsis of the manuscripts containing text from the epilogue, 4Q397, 4Q398, and 4Q399, which resulted in an alternative composite text of the epilogue. When the halakhic section and the epilogue are compared, a clear divergence between the two sections can be discerned. The author/redactor of 4QMMT has a model in the covenantal pattern of biblical laws, and Deuteronomy in particular. 4QMMT is rather a mixture of genres, and the author/redactor has made use of the formal and structural features of several genres, such as legal texts and literary epistles.

Keywords: 4QMMT; covenantal pattern; deuteronomy; halakhic section



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