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In: Dead Sea Discoveries
A Climate of Creativity. Papers from a New York University conference marking the retirement of Baruch A. Levine
One of the major – and complicating - characteristics of the antique Middle East is the interconnection between the Semitic and Greco-Roman cultures. The current volume brings together studies which relate to the multi-cultural traditions of papyrus writing, with special attention regarding the linguistic, literary, and cultural features of these, often documentary texts.
Originally presented at a conference in honour of the retirement of Professor Baruch A. Levine, Skirball Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (New York University).
Important for students of the Greco-Roman world and the Near East in Late Antiquity.
Already before its publication, it was clear that the Temple Scroll represented a major contribution to the history of Jewish law in Late Antiquity. The present volume brings together the author’s studies on this important scroll. He has sought to uncover the hermeneutics of the Zadokite/Sadducean legal system and to compare and contrast it with other texts of its own type as well as with those in rabbinic literature preserving the Pharisaic-rabbinic approach.
In: Sanctity of Time and Space in Tradition and Modernity
In: Law, Literature, and Society in Legal Texts from Qumran
In: Contextualizing Jewish Temples
In: Pseudepigraphic Perspectives: The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls


In this study, we will be concerned with one small aspect of the scroll's physical character, namely the question of its last column and the conclusion of the Temple Scroll. We shall endeavor to challenge Yadin's conclusion that the end of the Temple Scroll is "preserved" in the so-called zero lines at the top of the last column. By comparing 11QTa and 4Q524, which preserves additional text from the end of the composition, and analyzing scribal techniques and literary contents, it seems probable that the Temple Scroll is an unfinished copy, from a more complete Vorlage, or an unfinished composition.

In: Dead Sea Discoveries