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Beyond The Sectarian Divide: The "Voice Of The Teacher" As An Authority-Conferring Strategy In Some Qumran Texts

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The collection of manuscripts from the caves around Qumran as a whole appears to be formed by religious texts whose formation has been influenced by other religious texts considered more or less authoritative by the collectors. The same authority-conferring strategies can discern in these authoritative texts are used in all other religious texts of the collection. Scholars dealing with the so-called "biblical" scrolls found in the collection have tried to avoid this impasse by paying attention to the "authoritativeness" of the compositions within the collection as a whole. The chapter focuses on one of the strategies used by the compositions authored by the groups that put together the collection in order to invest their own compositions with the same authoritative status of the other compositions their authors clearly recognized as authoritative. Author calls this strategy "the Voice of the Teacher," an expression used twice in the Damascus Document.

Keywords: authoritative status; authority-conferring strategies; biblical scrolls; Damascus Document; manuscripts; Qumran



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