The studies in this volume examine the intersection of the Dead Sea Scrolls with early rabbinic literature. This is a particularly rich area for comparative study, which has not heretofore received sufficient scholarly attention. While some of the contributions in this volume focus on specific comparative case studies, others address far-reaching issues of historical and comparative methodology. Particular attention is paid to questions of the nature of sectarian and rabbinic law, and how each may elucidate the other. These studies model the directions that need to be pursued in future scholarship on the lines of continuity and discontinuity that connect and differentiate these two literary corpora and their respective religious cultures and social structures.
Steven D. Fraade, Ph.D. (1980), The University of Pennsylvania, is the Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism in the Religious Studies Department and the Judaic Studies Program, Yale University.
Aharon Shemesh, Ph.D. (1984), Bar-Ilan University, is Associate Professor in the Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.
Ruth A. Clements, Th.D. (1997), Harvard University Divinity School, is Chief of Publications at the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"This collection of these studies in a single volume can serve as a very useful introduction
to the variety of ways in which comparative study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and early
rabbinic literature is being practiced today, but it is much more than that. [...] The result is that virtually anyone concerned with
possible connections between the Qumran scrolls and rabbinic literature will find one or
more of these pieces valuable." --
Moshe J. Bernstein, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
Anyone interested in the history, literature, and religion of ancient Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and early rabbinic Judaism, and, more broadly, the history of religious law and scriptural interpretation.