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Bibil Identifier bibil:224538
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Transformation of the Torah in Second Temple Judaism
Author Collins, John J.
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 43, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 455-474 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract While the Torah enjoys central importance in the sectarian scrolls, it is not nearly so central in the Aramaic texts found at Qumran. These texts show familiarity with the stories of Genesis and Exodus, but they treat them as sources for stories and wisdom instruction rather than for prescriptive law. The same is true of Ben Sira. Ancestral laws were very important in the Hellenistic world, but their importance was largely symbolic. Even Ezra seems to have focused primarily on a few issues of symbolic importance. Only after the Maccabean revolt do we begin to get sustained halakic discussion in such books as the Temple Scroll and Jubilees. The increased prominence of halakic disputes went hand in hand with the rise of sectarianism.
DOI 10.1163/15700631-12341235
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Torah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Halakah
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