New Perspectives on Old Texts

Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 9–11 January, 2005

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This volume presents new perspectives on the ancient texts discovered at Qumran. The essays offer fresh insights into particular texts and genres, by applying methods and constructs drawn from other disciplines to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and by exploring new as well as long-standing issues raised by these works. The topics and approaches engaged include group identity, memory, ritual theory, sectarian sociology, philosophy of education, liturgical anthropology, Jewish law, history of religion, and mysticism. The articles in this volume were originally presented at the Tenth Annual International Orion Symposium sponsored in 2005 by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Esther G. Chazon is Head of the Academic Committee of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on liturgy and Qumran.

Betsy Halpern-Amaru is Professor of Religion, Emeritus at Vassar College. She has authored Rewriting the Bible: Land and Covenant in Postbiblical Jewish Literature and The Empowerment of Women in the Book of Jubilees, and is currently completing a book on Exodus and the Book of Jubilees.

Ruth A. Clements is Chief of Publications for the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, co-author of The Orion Center Bibliography (2000–2006), and co-editor of Text,Thought, and Practice in Qumran and Early Christianity.

NEW APPROACHES,

Exile and Self-Identity in the Qumran Sect and in Hellenistic Judaism
NOAH HACHAM

The Legacy of the Teacher of Righteousness in the Dead Sea Scrolls
LOREN T. STUCKENBRUCK

Ritual Density in Qumran Practice: Ablutions in the Serekh Ha-Yaḥad
MICHAEL A. DAISE

From Enoch to John the Essene: An Analysis of Sectarian Development in 1 Enoch, Jubilees, and the Essenes
EYAL REGEV

INNOVATIVE READINGS

Education and Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls in Light of their Background in Antiquity
BILHAH NITZAN

The Use of Scripture in 1Q/4QMysteries
TORLEIF ELGVIN

Memory and Manuscript: Books, Scrolls and the Tradition of the Dead Sea Scrolls
LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN

The Wood-Offering: The Evolution of a Halakhah in Qumran and Rabbinic Law
CANA WERMAN

REASSESSING OLD PERSPECTIVES

Further Reflections on a Divine and Angelic Humanity in the Dead Sea Scrolls
CRISPIN H. T. FLETCHER-LOUIS

The Polemic against the Tevul Yom: A Reexamination
MARTHA HIMMELFARB

Qumran and the Genealogy of Western Mysticism
PHILIP S. ALEXANDER

Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
All those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Judaism, identity theory, liturgical anthropology and ritual history, memory theory, mysticism, philosophy of education, and the history of biblical interpretation.