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Character and Content: The “Emerging” (or Diminishing?) Jeremiah in the Literature of the Yaḥad

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This chapter builds an appraisal of the Apocryphon manuscripts to show the influence of Jeremianic traditions more broadly in the larger corpus of sectarian compositions and other texts from Qumran. It explores the presentation of the prophet Jeremiah himself in the Apocryphon c in conversation with 4Q390, and extrapolates a series of common themes for distilling underlying Jeremianic content in the rest of the Qumran literature. The chapter considers the re-presentation of Jeremiah the prophet and traditions and prophecies. A exploration of the presence and function of possible allusions to the Apocryphon of Jeremiah C and 4Q390 in the Damascus Document, in Pseudo-Daniel A (4Q243-4Q244). The chapter shows a number of the Jeremianic traditions otherwise appear as true "allusions" or "echoes" in those texts classified as exhortative or didactic, and are plausibly traced to an early period in the formation of the literature of the Yaḥad Essenes.

Keywords: 4Q390; Apocryphon of Jeremiah; Damascus document; Jeremianic traditions; Pseudo-Daniel; Qumran literature; Yaḥad Essenes



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