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Two Approaches To The Study Of Genre In 4Q172

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4Q172 consists of fourteen fragments; these were named by John Allegro in the editio princeps as "Commentaries on unidentified texts". The fragments were lumped together under this heading based on their material appearance and handwriting, which Allegro found to be similar to the pesher documents of 4Q161, 4Q166, 4Q171 and 4Q167, believing some of the fragments might originate in that group of texts. This chapter attempts to show that something more can be said about the content and character of two of the larger fragments, 1 and 4. A closer look at the context of 4Q172 4 4 suggests inspiration from the book of Hosea. The chapter mentions one of Brady's examples that is found particularly illustrative in relation to the allusion to Zephaniah in 4Q172 4.

Keywords: 4Q172; Hosea; John Allegro; Zephaniah



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