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205 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198734338

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The Damascus Document

Steven D. Fraade

Oxford Commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • A new translation, with notes, and detailed commentary to the Dead Sea Scroll most commonly called the Damascus Document, based on both ancient manuscripts from caves along the western shore of the Dead Sea, and medieval manuscripts from the Cairo Geniza
  • Considers the text's laws, scriptural interpretations, hortatory orations, dualistic views of the world and ancient Israel, understanding of the Jerusalem Temple and its sacrificial worship from which the community is in self-imposed exile, attitudes to women, sex, and marriage, apocalyptic perspective on the "end of time"
  • Contains a substantial introduction, dealing with these aspects of the Damascus Document and locating its place within the Dead Sea Scrolls more broadly as well as the historical context of ancient Judaism that gave rise to this text
  • No prior background or knowledge of Hebrew is presumed