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Research on the Sectarian Scrolls in North America

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This chapter examines contribution of North American scholars to research on a select number of compositions from the Dead Sea Scrolls that are commonly designated as &t;sectarian texts&t;. North American scholars have been active in the study of the major sectarian scrolls, The serendipitous presence of Americans in Jerusalem in 1947-1948 gave them immediate access to the Community Rule and the Pesher of Habakkuk, and, not surprisingly, these were the focus of much of the earliest study. Although with the publication of the complete Dead Sea Scrolls corpus it has become apparent that the sectarian scrolls are a minority in terms of numbers, they continue to play a central role in understanding the theology, organizational structure and piety of this particular Second Temple Jewish group. In the early years, over the decades, and in the present, contribution of North America scholars to this endeavor has been consistent and significant.

Keywords:Dead sea scrolls; Jerusalem; North America; Pesher of Habakkuk; sectarian scrolls



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