The papers published in this volume were presented at the Third International Orion Symposium (1998), to mark the centennial of the discovery of the Damascus Document (CD) in the Cairo Geniza and the final publication of the 4QD manuscripts in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series.
Since its discovery, CD has sparked lively debate about its sectarian origins and halacha, issues with far-reaching implications not only for the development of Jewish law but also for the very nature of Second Temple period Judaism and its continuity into the early medieval period.
The contributors examine the physical reconstruction of CD, its relationship to other legal works in the Qumran corpus and to rabbinic law. Essays on specific legal topics, as well as historical perspectives, round out the volume.
Joseph M. Baumgarten, Ph.D. (1954), Johns Hopkins University. Main publications: Qumran Cave 4.XIII. The Damascus Document (4Q266-273). DJD XVIII (Clarendon Press, 1996) and Studies in Qumran Law (Brill, 1977).
Esther G. Chazon, Ph.D. (1992), Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Main publications: Pseudepigraphic Perspectives (Brill, 1999) and Biblical Perspectives: Early Use and Interpretation of the Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 1998).
Avital Pinnick, Ph.D. (1996), Harvard University. Main publication: Pseudepigraphic Perspectives (Brill, 1999).
Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, Biblical Studies.