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date: 19 August 2019

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The Dead Sea Scrolls have undoubtedly provoked biblical scholarship into completely new ways of thinking about the manner in which the biblical literature originated and was transmitted, interpreted, and canonized. In the areas of text and canon, much has been learned, and a good deal of discussion generated; in respect of Hebrew linguistics, the nature and variety of Qumran Hebrew has also been much debated, though with rather less acknowledged impact on other aspects of biblical studies. This article first looks at Qumran evidence for the ‘Bible’ itself, relating to the emergence of a scriptural canon and the textual characteristics of its components. It then considers the way in which the Qumran literature ‘extends’ scripture through rewriting and interpretation, and the broader issues raised by the Scrolls about the nature and function of the Jewish scriptures.

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical scholarship, biblical literature, Hebrew Bible, Jewish scripture

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