Vision, Narrative, and Wisdom in the Aramaic Texts from Qumran

Essays from the Copenhagen Symposium, 14-15 August, 2017

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The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran have attracted increasing interest in recent years. These texts predate the “sectarian” Dead Sea scrolls, and they are contemporary with the youngest parts of the Hebrew Bible. They offer a unique glimpse into the situation before the biblical canons were closed. Their highly creative Jewish authors reshaped and rewrote biblical traditions to cope with the concerns of their own time. The essays in this volume examine this fascinating ancient literature from a variety of different perspectives. The book grew out of an international symposium held at the University of Copenhagen in August 2017.
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Biographical Note
Mette Bundvad, DPhil (Oxford 2013) has held positions at the universities of Copenhagen, Oxford, and Göttingen. Among her scholarly focus areas are biblical theology, gender studies, visionary literature, and reception history of the Bible. Kasper Siegismund, PhD (Copenhagen, 2018). His scholarly work and publications are focused on Hebrew and other ancient Semitic languages, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the general study of ancient Judaism and the Hebrew Bible. Melissa Sayyad Bach, MA is presently carrying out a PhD project at the University of Copenhagen on authority in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her focus areas are the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew Bible, apocalypticism, and cognitive science of religion. Søren Holst, PhD, is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the University of Copenhagen. He has published extensively in the fields of Hebrew Bible studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Judaism, and the study of ancient Hebrew and related languages. Jesper Høgenhaven, dr. theol., is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Copenhagen. He has published a number of books and articles on biblical theology, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Judaism, and reception history of the Bible.
Table of contents
Introduction
Mette Bundvad and Kasper Siegismund

Remembering the Past, Cultivating a Character: Memory and the Formation of Daniel in the Aramaic Pseudo-Daniel Texts (4Q243–244; 4Q245)
Andrew B. Perrin

Transmitting Patriarchal Voices in Aramaic: Claims of Authenticity and Reliability
Mika S. Pajunen

The Banquet Culture in New Jerusalem, an Aramaic Text from Qumran
Hugo Antonissen

Trials and Universal Renewal—the Priestly Figure of the Levi Testament 4Q541
Torleif Elgvin

Between Aaron and Moses in 4QVisions of Amram
Liora Goldman

Geography in the Visions of Amram Texts (4Q543–547)
Jesper Høgenhaven

Fragments and Forefathers: An Experiment with the Reconstruction of 4QVisions of Amram
Søren Holst

4Q543 2 1–2 and the Verb “To Give” in Qumran Aramaic
Kasper Siegismund

The Compositional Setting and Implied Audience of Some Aramaic Texts from Qumran: A Working Hypothesis
Daniel A. Machiela

Aramaic Traditions from the Qumran Caves and the Palestinian Sources for Part of Luke’s Special Material
George J. Brooke

4Q246 and Collective Interpretation
Melissa Sayyad Bach

Fake Fragments, Flexible Provenances: Eight Aramaic “Dead Sea Scrolls” from the 21st Century
Årstein Justnes

Index
Readership
Anyone interested in the Bible, ancient Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical interpretation, and the history of religion.
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