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4Q159: Nomenclature, Text, Exegesis, Genre

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This chapter focuses on 4Q159 Ordinancesa, is the second in the series of texts published by Allegro in DJD V, and is the only one in that collection, other than 4Q158 that is related to the Pentateuch. This chapter presents the textual analysis of one passage in 4Q159 that, consisting of the two relatively readable laws in frag. 1 II. In order, however, to contextualize them in the document appropriately, the chapter discusses laws in frag. 2. The three relatively complete laws in frag. 2 differ radically from each other in their style and in their relationship to the Hebrew Bible. The relationship of the Qumran laws to the law in Deuteronomy appears to be primarily stylistic modeling, since they differ from the original in both language and content.

Keywords: 4Q159; Pentateuch; Qumran laws



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