Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition

Here is an interesting and quite useful book related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is called "The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition" ed. by Florentino García Martínez and Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar. - Leiden ; New York ; Köln :Brill.

This book, or rather - a reference guide, will be indispensable for those who would like quickly to compare the Masoretic Text against the DSS, as well as to get basic insights into what the DSS actually say in this or that particular verse, and in this or that particular scroll.

Tabernacle wise, this book includes text from some of the verses of the description, and of'course, the references to the scrolls for further and more deeper study. Thus, if you would like to see and compare the Tabernacle description of MT with DSS for yourself, this book would be a good place to start. Especially considering the fact, that at this point it is available online.

Here is an excerpt from the foreword of the book:

"This book is intended as a practical tool to facilitate access to the Qumran collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. As such, it is primarily intended for classroom use and for the benefit of specialists from other disciplines (scholars working on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament or Rabbinic literature, specialists on Semitic languages, on the History of Judaism or on the History of Religions, among others) who need a reliable compendium of all the relevant materials found in this collection. As such, it is not intended to compete with, let alone to replace, the editio princeps of the materials published in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert or outside this series, or the preliminary publications of materials which have not yet appeared in the DJD Series. The plates printed in the critical editions, as well as the transcriptions, translations and commentaries of the first editors are, and will always remain, the basis of all serious work on the Scrolls.

Whereas the evidence of the biblical manuscripts from Qumran will be shortlyavailable in The Qumran Bible by E. Ulrich, this book offers a fresh transcription and an English translation of all the relevant non-biblical texts found at Qumran, arranged by serial number from Cave 1 to Cave 11. By biblical scrolls we understand here the copies of the books that subsequently emerged as the traditional Hebrew Bible, as well as the remains of tefillin and mezuzot which only contain quotations of those biblical books. In several cases the distinction between biblical and non-biblical texts is not clear-cut. Thus, the so-called Reworked Pentateuch consists mainly of the biblical text of the pentateuchal books, be it sometimes in a different order, but also has some sections with material that is not included in the Hebrew Bible; likewise, we have included the non-biblical psalms from the Psalms Scrolls 4Q88, 11Q5 and 11Q6. Not included are the scant remains of Ben Sira from Cave 2. The inclusion in the edition of these ‘additions’ does not imply a judgment on their ‘biblical’ or ‘non-biblical’ character. In three cases we have included texts not found at Qumran, but related to manuscripts from Qumran; this goes for the remains of the mediaeval copies of the Damascus Document and the Aramaic Levi Document found in the Cairo Genizah, and for the copy of the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice recovered at Masada."
You can read and download the entire book at this link.

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