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“The Torah Of The King” (Deut 17:14–20) In The Temple Scroll And Early Rabbinic Law

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Since the system of law at Qumran finds its most ample and apt analogue in the system of rabbinic law, comparisons between the two, both in their specifics and their general contours, are inevitable. Our earliest and most extensive ancient interpretation of the biblical law of the king is found in the Temple Scroll from Cave 11 at Qumran. The Temple Scroll begins its section on the king by citing fairly verbatim from the scriptural text of Deut 17:14-20, with the equivalent of vv. 19-20 missing since they would have filled the top of col. LVII, which is not preserved. Both the Qumran sectaries and the early rabbinic sages were deeply-and redemptively-engaged in the ongoing construction of nomian worlds of Torah discourse and practice.

Keywords: Qumran; rabbinic law; Temple Scroll; Torah

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