The Textual Development of the Qumran Community Rule


This volume is concerned with tracing the different stages in the formation of the Qumran Community Rule in the light of the material from Cave 4 that has only recently become available. The first part of this ground-breaking work is devoted to determining the differences between the manuscripts of the Community Rule found in Caves 1, 4 and 5. The second part deals with the relationship between the various versions of the Community Rule. The third part aims at creating an overall picture of the literary development of this document and includes a discussion of the different elements within it as well as a comparison of the parallel passages, which reflect different stages in the redaction of the document.

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Sarianna Metso, Ph.D. (1996) in Theology, University of Helsinki, is a researcher in a project on Jewish and early Christian culture and literature in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Helsinki.
' Sarianna Metso's study of the Qumran Community Rule constitutes a meticulous and creative contribution to one of the most important texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls.'
Geza Vermes
' Ihre Untersuchung ist für die atl. Wissenschaft von besonderer Bedeutung...'
A. Lange, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 1998.
Scholars and students in the field of Qumran, Judaic and biblical studies, as well as educated laypeople.