The Mermaid and the Partridge

Essays from the Copenhagen Conference on Revising Texts from Cave Four


For some years a project has been under way to carry out a thoroughgoing revision of volume V in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (of Jordan). The team of scholars responsible for the new edition - including many who have written monographs or extensive studies on the respective manuscripts for which they have now assumed responsibility - was invited by the Department of Biblical Exegesis of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen to meet in Copenhagen in June 2009. The conference offered the opportunity for the presentation of some working papers on topics that were of particular concern to the individual contributors to the revision. The present volume represents the ongoing work on the edition, and reflects the development in approaches and viewpoints since the texts were first published (1968) as well as important aspects of the present Qumran scholarship.

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George J. Brooke, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, has written and published extensively on numerous topics related to the scrolls found at Qumran, especially on the scriptural interpretation in them.

Jesper Høgenahven, Professor at the University of Copenhagen, has published extensively on prophetic texts in the Old Testament and Dead Sea Scrolls in particular.
Contributors: George J. Brooke, Jesper Høgenhaven, Molly Zahn, Moshe J. Bernstein, Alex P. Jassen, Roman Vielhauer, Trine Bjørnung Hasselbalch, Søren Holst, Mike Laughlin, Shani Tzoref, Mika Pajunen, Mladen Popovic, Gregory L. Doudna, Mogens Müller
All interested in Dead Sea Scrolls, history of Judaism in Antiquity, ancient biblical interpretation