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date: 19 January 2020

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This article describes and discusses some aspects of biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, aspects that in some way seem to suggest common concerns, whether in terms of content, of form, or of method. It looks at the topic of exegetical traditions that are shared between the compositions preserved in the scrolls found in the eleven caves at and near Qumran and those to be found in the books of the New Testament. Amongst the key issues that need to be kept in mind are: the variety of the witnesses to the Jewish scriptures in the late Second Temple period, whether in Hebrew or in Greek; the rich variety of types of exegesis that extend far beyond eschatologically motivated prophetic fulfilment in both sets of literature; and the range of exegetical methods in both corpora.

Keywords: Qumran scrolls, New Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, exegetical traditions, Jewish scriptures, Second Temple period

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