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. Thus, the pesher commentators appropriate the collective memory of the Teacher for themselves. Pesher exegesis, from this perspective, is authoritative because it is not the merit of the individual commentator, but derives from “the voice the Teacher.” 51 The fact that the Teacher is mentioned only in

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities

fields. For one, the interpretation of the evidence from other fields may be itself be uncertain. And even when solid comparative anchors are available, we must always be aware of the uniqueness of our own data set and allow it to have its own voice. And yet, there is much to be said for

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities

and the Literary Sources of the Temple Scroll : A New (Old) Proposal,” DSD 19 (2012): 133–58 and below paragraph 4. 23 See above n. 5; on the usage of scripture see already Yadin, Temple Scroll ; more recently Molly M. Zahn, “New Voices, Ancient Words: The Temple Scroll ’s Reuse of the Bible,” in

In: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of the Humanities