Reading and Re-reading Scripture at Qumran, Moshe J. Bernstein gathers more than three decades of his work on diverse aspects of biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The essays range from broad surveys of the genres of biblical interpretation in these texts to more narrowly focused studies and close readings of specific documents. Volume I focuses on the book of Genesis, with a substantial portion being dedicated to studies of the Genesis Apocryphon and Commentary on Genesis A. Volume II contains several historical and programmatic essays, with specific studies focusing on legal material in the DSS and the pesharim. Under the former rubric, the documents known as 4QReworked Pentateuch, 4QOrdinancesa, 4QMMT, and the Temple Scroll are discussed.
Moshe J. Bernstein is Professor of Bible and Jewish History and David A. and Fannie M. Denenberg Chair in Biblical Studies at Yeshiva University. A member of the Dead Sea Scrolls International Editorial Team, he publishes extensively on early Jewish biblical interpretation.
This collection of essays brings together in one convenient place the detailed insights of one of the leading experts in the interpretation of Scripture in the Second Temple period. The essays are beautifully crafted, thoroughly engaged with the primary texts, very well honed methodologically, and highly informative. These volumes are sure to become a key reference point not only for scholars of the Scrolls, but also for all those interested in the concerns and approaches of Jewish interpretation in the past. George J. Brooke,
University of Manchester
For some time I have been hoping Moshe Bernstein's essays, which are models of scholarship, would be gathered into a convenient collection and I am delighted that Brill has published thirty of them in this two-volume work. Reading and Rereading Scripture at Qumran is an exceedingly rich resource for the student of scriptural interpretation in the Scrolls. James C. VanderKam, University of Notre Dame
In our constantly expanding appreciation of the place of scriptural interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and its important implications for what came before and after, the voice of Moshe Bernstein has been one of the most persistent, responsible, and respected. It is a singular service to the study of the history and literature of ancient Judaism for his many cutting-edge contributions to be available now in one place. These volumes demonstrate just how many and manifold have been the fruits of Moshe Bernstein's labors, as much for his defining of outer literary boundaries and as for his penetrating of inner exegetical dynamics. Steven Fraade, Yale University
1. Pentateuchal Interpretation at Qumran
2. “Rewritten Bible”: A Generic Category Which Has Outlived Its Usefulness?
3. The Contours of Genesis Interpretation at Qumran: Contents, Contexts and Nomenclature
4. 4Q252: From Re-Written Bible to Biblical Commentary
5. 4Q252 i 2 לא ידור רוחי באדם לעולם : Biblical Text or Biblical Interpretation?
6. 4Q252. Method and Context, Genre and Sources (A Response to George J. Brooke, “The Thematic Content of 4Q252”)
7. From the Watchers to the Flood: Story and Exegesis in the Early Columns of the Genesis Apocryphon
8. Re-Arrangement, Anticipation and Harmonization as Exegetical Features in the Genesis Apocryphon
9. Divine Titles and Epithets and the Sources of the Genesis Apocryphon
10. The Genre(s) of the Genesis Apocryphon
11. Is the Genesis Apocryphon a Unity? What Sort of Unity Were You Looking For?
12. The Genesis Apocryphon and the Aramaic Targumim Revisited: A View from Both Perspectives
13. Three Notes on 4Q464 (translated from the Hebrew, “4Q464 (”שלש הערות על תעודת קומראן
14. Noah and the Flood at Qumran
15. Angels at the Aqedah: A Study in the Development of a Midrashic Motif
16. The Contribution of the Qumran Discoveries to the History of Early Biblical Interpretation
17. The Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish Biblical Interpretation in Antiquity: A Multi-Generic Perspective”
18. Pseudepigraphy in the Qumran Scrolls: Categories and Functions
19. The Interpretation of Biblical Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Forms and Methods [with Shlomo A. Koyfman]
20. What Has Happened to the Laws? The Treatment of Legal Material in 4QReworked Pentateuch
21. The Re-Presentation of “Biblical” Legal Material at Qumran: Three Cases from 4Q159 (4QOrdinancesa)
22. 4Q159: Nomenclature, Text, Exegesis, Genre
23. 4Q159 Fragment 5 and the “Desert Theology” of the Qumran Sect
24. The Employment and Interpretation of Scripture in 4QMMT: Preliminary Observations
25. Midrash Halakhah at Qumran? 11QTemple 64.6–13 and Deuteronomy 21:22–23
כי קללת אלהים תלוי . 26 (Deut. 21:23): A Study in Early Jewish Exegesis
27. Women and Children in Legal and Liturgical Texts from Qumran
28. Introductory Formulas for Citation and Re-Citation of Biblical Verses in the Qumran Pesharim: Observations on a Pesher Technique
29. “Walking in the Festivals of the Gentiles:” 4QpHoseaa and Jubilees 6:34–38
30. Biblical Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
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