Interpreting and living God's law at Qumran: Miqṣat Ma'aśe ha-Torah, some of the works of the Torah (4QMMT)

Reinhard Gregor Kratz (Editor), Jonathan Ben-Dov (Translator)

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The text Miqṣat Ma῾aśe Ha-Torah, Some of the Works of the Torah (4QMMT), is one of the most interesting texts among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls discovered near the settlement of Khirbet Qumran and its vicinity in the middle of the twentieth century and by now published in full. It is a writing in the form of a letter by an unknown author to an equally unknown addressee, written in second person singular and plural. This document is the earliest evidence of a proper interpretation of the Jewish Torah, the so-called Halakhah, from pre-Christian, Hellenistic times as it later became customary and widely attested in rabbinical Judaism. This volume – after a short introduction on the findings at the Dead Sea in general and the text Miqṣat Ma῾aśe Ha-Torah in particular – provides a new edition and translation as well as several contributions from renowned scholars on the manuscripts, the language and content plus literary and historical contexts of this writing. --
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages249
ISBN (Electronic)9783161597060
ISBN (Print)3161553055, 9783161553059
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

PublisherMohr Siebeck
VolumeBand XXXVII
ISSN (Print)1611-5945

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Miktsat ma'ase ha-Torah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Miktsat ma'ase ha-Torah -- Language, style
  • Jewish law
  • Qumran community
  • Bible -- Criticism, Higher
  • Bible -- Interpretation
  • Bible -- Higher criticism
  • Bible -- Literary criticism
  • Biblical research
  • Interpretation, Biblical
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- 4Q394-4Q399 -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Bible -- Law
  • Biblical law
  • Civil law (Jewish law)
  • Halacha
  • Halakha
  • Hebrew law
  • Jews -- Law -- Jewish law
  • Law, Hebrew
  • Law, Jewish
  • Law, Mosaic
  • Law in the Bible
  • Mosaic law
  • Torah law
  • Kumran community


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