This edition presents for the first time all the non-biblical Qumran texts classified according to their genres, together with English translations. Of these texts, some twenty were not previously published. The Hebrew-Aramaic texts in this edition are mainly based on the FARMS database of Brigham Young University, which, in its turn, reflects the text editions of the ancient scrolls with great precision, including modern diacritical signs. The Reader consists of six individual parts. The purpose of the classification is to enhance the research facilities of the individual texts within their respective genres, especially in courses at Universities and Colleges.
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Donald W. Parry, Ph.D. (1992), is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Brigham Young University. He is a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and author or (co)editor of a number of books, including The Great Isaiah Scroll: A New Edition (Brill, 1999).
Emanuel Tov, Ph.D. (1973) in Biblical Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University. He is the editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project and the author of two handbooks on textual criticism.
All those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical exegesis and textual criticism, Hebrew and Aramaic linguistics, intertestamental literature, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Second Temple Judaism, as well as Rabbinic literature and Jewish history.
Part 1. Texts Concerned with Religious Law
Part 2. Exegetical Texts
Part 3. Parabiblical Texts
Part 4. Calendrial and Sapiental Texts
Part 5. Poetic and Liturgical Texts
Part 6. Additional Genres and Unclassified Texts