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From Florilegium Or Midrash To Commentary: The Problem Of Re-Naming An Adopted Manuscript

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This chapter gives priority to 4Q174, attempts to set out some of the issues in deciding upon a title, and makes a proposal for a way forward. In his first publication to mention the composition John M. Allegro wrote of a text that was "un florilège de passages bibliques avec commentaires tirés de l'Exode, II Samuel, Isaïe, Amos, les Psaumes et Daniel". In another study written shortly afterwards he stated that the extract that he was discussing "comes from a work which I have provisionally entitled 4Q Florilegium". Some attention is given to whether and how the label midrash might be used in Jewish literature in the late Second Temple period. The debate concerning midrash has only really taken off in the last two decades, spurred in part by a rediscovery of the possible significance of the scrolls within the broader fields of the study of rabbinic literature and hermeneutics.

Keywords: 4Q174; florilegium; midrash



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