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Qumran Research in Israel: Rewritten Bible and Biblical Interpretation

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The beginning of Israeli scholarly interest in Rewritten Bible and biblical interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls goes back to the original discovery in 1946-1947. During the second phase of Qumran studies, biblical interpretation blossomed into a fully developed field in its own right. Jubilees, another prime example of Rewritten Bible, reflects the richest collection of biblical interpretation in any work from the Second Temple period, and therefore its value for the history of biblical interpretation cannot be overestimated. The study of the pesharim as biblical interpretation took a major step forward with the commentary of Bilhah Nitzan on the best preserved of those texts, the Pesher of Habak-kuk. The study of biblical interpretation and Rewritten Bible has made major strides since the discovery of the Scrolls sixty years ago. Many of the compositions previously known to us are now understood more appropriately in their literary and exegetical context. .

Keywords:Biblical interpretation; Habak-kuk; Israel; jubilees; pesharim; Qumran; rewritten Bible



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