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This introductory chapter of the book reinforces the value of undertaking the revision of DJD V. First, there are several instances in the book, such as with 4Q185, where the importance of the right reading of even small fragments and their suitable placement in manuscripts is apparent. Second, attention is paid not just to the content of the fragments, but their layout and other features: scribal information can assist in the appropriate appreciation of a number of literary issues. Third, although the exegesis in many of the compositions assigned to DJD V is of several different kinds, it is apparent in several texts, such as 4Q158 and 4Q177, that the way they reflect authoritative scriptural traditions is basic to their construction. Fourth, the reconsideration of the reading and reconstruction of these texts enables fresh literary questions to be posed.

Keywords: manuscripts; Qumran

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