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Law And Exegesis In The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Sabbath Carrying Prohibition In Comparative Perspective

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This chapter offers a comparative analysis of the Sabbath restrictions on carrying as articulated in Qumran legal texts and related Second Temple texts and rabbinic literature. It seeks to contribute the sectarian prohibition by identifying the scriptural foundations of CD 11:7-9 and the Cave 4 legal texts and clarifying their legal and exegetical relationship to Jer 17:21-22 and related scriptural passages, particularly Exod 16:29. This relationship is then located within the larger framework of the legal and exegetical employment of these verses in the broader context of Second Temple and rabbinic legal texts. Laws regarding the prohibition of carrying on the Sabbath are found in three places in the Qumran legal texts. Comparative legal sources provide close parallels to the Qumran texts' legal-exegetical use of these biblical passages and therefore attest to wider currents in Second Temple and rabbinic legal traditions.

Keywords: Qumran texts; rabbinic legal texts; Sabbath restrictions

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