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Interpreting and Living God's Law at Qumran

Miqṣat Ma῾aśe Ha-Torah, Some of the Works of the Torah (4QMMT)
Introduction, Text, Translation and Interpretative Essays by Jonathan Ben-Dov, John J. Collins, Lutz Doering, Jörg Frey, Charlotte Hempel, Reinhard G. Kratz, Noam Mizrahi, Vered Noam, Eibert Tigchelaar

[Leben und Interpretation des Gesetzes Gottes in Qumran. Miqṣat Ma῾aśe Ha-Torah, Einiges von den Werken der Tora (4QMMT).]

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The text Miqṣat Ma῾aśe Ha-Torah, Some of the Works of the Torah (4QMMT), is the oldest witness from pre-Christian, Hellenistic times for the explicit interpretation of the Jewish law, the so-called Halakha, as it became customary and was widely attested in later rabbinical tradition. This volume 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.
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.
Authors/Editors

Reinhard Gregor Kratz Geboren 1957; Studium der Ev. Theologie und Gräzistik in Frankfurt a.M., Heidelberg und Zürich; seit 1995 Professur für Altes Testament an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; seit 1999 Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.

Eibert Tigchelaaar No current data available.

Noam Mizrahi No current data available.

Jonathan Ben-Dov No current data available.

Charlotte Hempel Born 1966; 1991 BA; 1995 PhD; 1995–99 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge; 1999–2004 Maternity Career Break; 2005 Research Fellow, 2008 Senior Research Fellow, 2010 Senior Lecturer, 2013 Reader and since 2016 Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Birmingham, UK.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8106-1627

Vered Noam No current data available.

John J. Collins Born 1946; 1972 PhD; 1985–91 Professor at the University of Notre Dame; 1991–2000 Professor at the University of Chicago; since 2000 Holmes Professor of Old Testament in Yale.

Lutz Doering Born 1966; studied Theology and Jewish Studies at Erlangen, Jerusalem and Heidelberg; 1998 Dr. theol., Göttingen; 1999–2003 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Jena; 2004–09 Lecturer in New Testament, King's College London; 2009–14 Reader in New Testament and Ancient Judaism, Durham University; since 2014 Professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism and academic head of the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum, University of Münster.

Jörg Frey Born 1962; studied Protestant Theology in Tübingen, Erlangen and Jerusalem; 1996 PhD; 1998 Habilitation; professorships in Jena and Munich; since 2010 Professor of New Testament Studies with focus on Ancient Judaism and Hermeneutics at the Theological Seminary of the University of Zurich; Research Associate at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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