The present article explores the puzzling variety of narrative voices in the so-called Genesis Apocryphon from Qumran Cave 1. Lamech, Noah, and Abram in turn act as first person narrator, and all three of these stories also include third person narration. Focusing on the columns preceding the Abram story, it is shown that both the account of Noah’s birth (1–5.27) and the ‘Book of the Words of Noah’ (5.29–18.23) are basically narrated in the first person by Lamech and Noah, respectively. It is concluded that the rare shifts to third person narration are not unusual in ancient Jewish literature.
The Dead Sea Scrolls enrich many areas of biblical research, as well as the study of ancient and rabbinic Judasim, early Christian and other ancient literatures, languages, and cultures. With nearly all Dead Sea Scrolls published, it is now time to integrate the Dead Sea Scrolls fully into the various disciplines that benefit from them. This two-volume collection of essays answers this need. It represents the proceedings of a conference jointly organized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Vienna in Vienna on February 11–14, 2008.
The first part of the present volume puts the Dead Sea Scrolls into the context of new methodologies and approaches beyond the constraints of historical criticism. The second part of the present volume is dedicated to "The Textual History of the Hebrew Bible in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The third part of the present volume, "Ancient Semitic Languages and the Dead Sea Scrolls," is dedicated to the contribution of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the understanding of Hebrew and Aramaic. The fourth part of the present volume, "The Hebrew Bible and Other Second Temple Jewish Literature in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls," is devoted to another important context of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The last part of the first volume of the conference proceedings is devoted to "Ancient Jewish Literature in Greek and the Dead Sea Scrolls.".