This volume presents new perspectives on the ancient texts discovered at Qumran. The essays offer fresh insights into particular texts and genres, by applying methods and constructs drawn from other disciplines to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and by exploring new as well as long-standing issues raised by these works. The topics and approaches engaged include group identity, memory, ritual theory, sectarian sociology, philosophy of education, liturgical anthropology, Jewish law, history of religion, and mysticism. The articles in this volume were originally presented at the Tenth Annual International Orion Symposium sponsored in 2005 by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Esther G. Chazon is Head of the Academic Committee of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on liturgy and Qumran.
Betsy Halpern-Amaru is Professor of Religion, Emeritus at Vassar College. She has authored
Rewriting the Bible: Land and Covenant in Postbiblical Jewish Literature and
The Empowerment of Women in the Book of Jubilees, and is currently completing a book on Exodus and the Book of Jubilees.
Ruth A. Clements is Chief of Publications for the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, co-author of
The Orion Center Bibliography (2000–2006), and co-editor of Text,Thought, and Practice in Qumran and Early Christianity.
Table of contents
Exile and Self-Identity in the Qumran Sect and in Hellenistic Judaism
The Legacy of the Teacher of Righteousness in the Dead Sea Scrolls
LOREN T. STUCKENBRUCK
Ritual Density in Qumran Practice: Ablutions in the Serekh Ha-Yaḥad
MICHAEL A. DAISE
From Enoch to John the Essene: An Analysis of Sectarian Development in 1 Enoch, Jubilees, and the Essenes
Education and Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls in Light of their Background in Antiquity
The Use of Scripture in 1Q/4QMysteries
Memory and Manuscript: Books, Scrolls and the Tradition of the Dead Sea Scrolls
LAWRENCE H. SCHIFFMAN
The Wood-Offering: The Evolution of a Halakhah in Qumran and Rabbinic Law
REASSESSING OLD PERSPECTIVES
Further Reflections on a Divine and Angelic Humanity in the Dead Sea Scrolls
CRISPIN H. T. FLETCHER-LOUIS
The Polemic against the Tevul Yom: A Reexamination
Qumran and the Genealogy of Western Mysticism
PHILIP S. ALEXANDER
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Ancient Sources
All those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, early Judaism, identity theory, liturgical anthropology and ritual history, memory theory, mysticism, philosophy of education, and the history of biblical interpretation.