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