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Pluralism And Authoritativeness: The Case Of The S Tradition

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The once formidable gap between Hebrew Bible scholarship and the study of the non-biblical Dead Sea Scrolls has been declining in the course of recent years. This chapter uses the evidence of the S manuscripts to reflect on the issue of the function of the Rule manuscripts as authoritative works in the community in light of their literary complexity and pluriformity. Even though the Community Rule will be the main illustrative example, some of the most interesting pieces of evidence on the growth of this and other texts are cases where literary developments spill over, so to speak, from one text to another. The chapter is concerned with the copies of the Community Rule from Caves 1 and 4. Access to the full text of the ten Cave 4 manuscripts of the Rule since the early 1990s has revealed some remarkably complex literary processes in the growth of this text.

Keywords: authoritative works; Community Rule; Dead Sea Scrolls; Hebrew Bible; Pluralism; S manuscripts



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