The Pesher Nahum Scroll from Qumran

An Exegetical Study of 4Q169

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The underlying premise of this study is the close relationship between Pesher Nahum (4Q169) and its biblical base-text. Historical and literary considerations, as well as theological, sociological, halakhic, textual, and linguistic data, are examined in terms of their exegetical functions.
This edition includes a transcription and translation of 4QpNah, with textual notes. The treatment of 4QpNah follows the natural division of the extant text into five thematic literary sections, or “pericopes,” each consisting of a series of “lemma/pesher units”. For each pericope, proposed historical contextualizations are evaluated on the basis of exegetical criteria. “Equivalents” are “mapped” for each unit, such that individual elements of each lemma are aligned with corresponding elements from the biblical base-text.
A focus upon “lemma/pesher correspondence” provides the framework for systematic exegetical analysis of 4QpNah.
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Biographical Note

Shani Berrin, Ph.D. (2001) Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies New York University, is Lecturer at the Department of Hebrew, Biblical, and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney.

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"Berrin’s study contains an incredible amount of work and detail, and it crackles with possibilities, suggestions, and insights—especially of interest to someone who has engaged the existing scholarship on Pesher Nahum and longs for fresh, original suggestions or approaches to longstanding problems. .. Berrin’s study is an important, substantial contribution to the study of the Qumran pesharim." – Gregory Doudna, in: Review of Biblical Literature (2006)

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