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Points Of Comparison II: The Temple Scroll

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This chapter presents a series of passages of approximately one-half to one column in length that constitute a representative sample of the various ways in which the author of Temple Scroll (TS) manipulated and reworked the Pentateuch. Discussing one passage at a time and observing the various compositional techniques employed will convey a better overall sense of TS and the ways it interacts with the pentateuchal text. TS's reuse of Pentateuch is in many ways more complex than anything we have seen in the 4QRP MSS and texts in the Samaritan Pentateuch (SP) group. For each passage, the author discusses which scriptural sources TS appears to be drawing upon, the compositional techniques employed, and the exegetical issues that appear to motivate TS's formulation. The author compares TS's use of various compositional techniques, indicating how the evidence of TS allows for a more precise understanding of rewriting in the 4QRP MSS.

Keywords: 4QRP; compositional techniques; rewriting; Samaritan Pentateuch (SP); Temple Scroll (TS)



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