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Reconsidering The Cave 1 Texts Sixty Years After Their Discovery: An Overview

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This chapter focuses on three elements, each one quite clear if considered individually: "Reconsidering," "Cave 1 Texts," and "Sixty Years". The author intends to "reconsider" the Cave 1 texts from the perspective of the present, with all the knowledge accumulated during the past sixty years of research on the Scrolls. For Harmut Stegemann, the Cave 1 manuscripts "constituted the portion of the Qumran Library holdings that the Qumran settlers saw as especially worthy of urgent rescue". He posited that the majority of the manuscripts from Cave 1 represent "master manuscripts, which served principally as models for the preparation of further copies". Devorah Dimant concentrates on 1QS, 1QM, and 1QHa, and notes that these three manuscripts represent the fullest and most elaborate text when compared with the copies found in Cave 4. There is no doubt that 1QS, 1QM, and 1QH are composite manuscripts.

Keywords: Cave 1 texts; Devorah Dimant; Harmut Stegemann; Qumran Library



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