By Esther G. Chazon, Betsy Halpern-Amaru, Ruth A. Clements

This quantity provides new views at the historical texts stumbled on at Qumran. The essays supply clean insights into specific texts and genres, by way of making use of tools and constructs drawn from different disciplines to the examine of the lifeless Sea Scrolls, and through exploring new in addition to long-standing matters raised by way of those works. the themes and techniques engaged contain staff id, reminiscence, ritual idea, sectarian sociology, philosophy of schooling, liturgical anthropology, Jewish legislation, background of faith, and mysticism. The articles during this quantity have been initially provided on the 10th Annual overseas Orion Symposium backed in 2005 by means of the Orion middle for the examine of the useless Sea Scrolls and linked Literature on the Hebrew college of Jerusalem.

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51 Josephus, Ant. 376–378; 4QpNah (4Q169) 3–4 i 1–3. THE LEGACY OF THE TEACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS* Loren T. Stuckenbruck Princeton Theological Seminary I. Introductory Questions The present discussion is concerned with the legacy of an individual called the “Teacher of Righteousness,” who comes down to us as an anonymous figure frequently mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls. 1 It is by no means clear, however, that all the texts which mention this figure were actually composed during the time that the Qumran community occupied the site.

According to 1QpHab 5:10–12, 24 This passage thus militates against the assertion of G. L. ” 34 loren t. stuckenbruck interpreting Hab 1:13b, “the Man of the Lie” is accused, in the course of his conflict with the Teacher, of having rejected the Torah (ll. 11–12: ‫ ;איש הכזב אשר מאס את התורה‬cf. also 1:10). Moreover, according to 1QpHab 8 (on Hab 2:4b),25 “all those who do the Torah in the house of Judah” are defined as the very ones who will be delivered by God “from the house of judgment” since they have toiled appropriately and have shown fidelity to the Teacher of Righteousness (ll.

19 In particular, he is remembered as having been the source of the correct understanding of the prophets and the Torah. The extraordinary claims made in the Habakkuk Pesher regarding his authority have already been alluded to above, but require further attention here. In 1QpHab 7:4–5, the claim about the Teacher occurs after a re-citation of a part of Hab 2:2 which is cited more fully in the previous column (6:15–16). ” As has been frequently recognized, this view of divine inspiration behind the Teacher’s instructions about the prophetic tradition is remarkable; its negative counterpart occurs in the preceding negative assertion that although Habakkuk had carried out God’s command to write about future things, the prophet himself remained uninformed about the consummation of the age (7:1–2, ‫)ואת גמר הקץ לוא הודעו‬.

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