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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters - Timothy H. Lim

Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

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Published: 1st August 1997
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What was the ancient exegetes' attitude to the biblical texts? Did they consider them `sacred' in the sense that the words were the inviolable utterances of God? Or did they when necessary modify and adapt holy writ for their own purposes? This book examines the question of exegetical modifications from the post-Qumran perspective of textual pluriformity of literalism that runs through ancient exegeses and translations. The Qumran Commentators and Paul complemented their fulfilment-exegeses by paying close attention to the verbal formations of the biblical texts. The hermeneutical principles underlying their exegeses involved a multiplex of competing forces that at the same time sought to make scripture relevant while guarding it from changes. In so far as the label 'post-biblical exegesis' describes a clear separation between the written, authoritative texts and its interpretation, the distinction is overdrawn, for the ancients were not merely commentators, but also in some sense authors of the biblical texts.

`This book is of considerable importance ... This book raises issues which should be addressed by all concerned with the study of the Qumran Scrolls and the New Testament.' James E. Harding, Journal of Jewish Studies, 50.2

Prefacep. v
Abbreviationsp. ix
A Note on Conventionsp. xiv
Prolegomenap. 1
Holy Scripture and Post-Biblical Exegesesp. 3
Post-Qumran Perspectives on Exegesisp. 12
Aspects of Ancient Bible Interpretationp. 29
Wording of the Biblical Textp. 31
Features of Literalismp. 48
Pesherite Exegesis and Hermeneuticsp. 67
Did the Pesherists Alter Their Biblical Quotations?p. 69
Modifying the Biblical Textp. 95
Nature of Pesherite Interpretationp. 110
Pauline Interpretation of the Biblep. 121
Paul and Midrash Pesherp. 123
Paul and His Old Testament Quotationsp. 140
Paul as Exegetep. 161
Summaryp. 177
Attitudes to Holy Scripturep. 179
Select Bibliographyp. 182
Index of Biblical and Other Sourcesp. 215
Index of Subject and Authorp. 219
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ISBN: 9780198262060
ISBN-10: 019826206X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41