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Torah, Wisdom, and the Composition of Rewritten Scripture: Jubilees and 11QPsa in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter examines the conceptual nexus of Torah and wisdom in a variety of text not typically considered to fall under that literary rubric of "wisdom". Rather, two compositions are compared that may be taken to represent the multiform category of "rewritten scripture", the book of Jubilees and 11QPsa. To what degree does the process of rewriting scriptural text that results in such compositions as these reflect aspects of wisdom, and to what extent do these sapiential aspects shape the presentation of Torah? And what does the literary shape of these documents suggest about the relationship between wisdom and Torah? A comparison of these two compositions in connection with the theme of the book is highly productive on account of the distinct literary profile of each document they treat altogether different types of material and employ quite different compositional techniques alongside their deep similarities in functional terms.

Keywords: 11QPsa; book of Jubilees; rewritten scripture; Torah; wisdom



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