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date: 17 October 2019

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The quest of the historical Teacher of Righteousness provided scholars with a starting point for considering the social setting and historical milieu out of which the Dead Sea Scrolls originated. Accounts of the Teacher emphasize a career of prophetic preaching to his own followers and conflicts with opposing leaders. This article describes the persona of the Teacher as leader and author; critical theory and the death of the author; and the Teacher as an authorial figure. In addition, a variety of scholarly studies have contributed to the view that the Teacher was author of some or many of the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls. In this context, the so-called ‘Teacher Hymns’ and the text of 4QMMT are particularly popular candidates for authorship by the Teacher.

Keywords: Teacher of Righteousness, Dead Sea Scrolls, prophetic preaching, Teacher Hymns, 4QMMT

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