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The dating of the book of Esther remains a contested issue. Scholars who date the book to the Persian or Hellenistic period reflect attention not only to when the book was written, but also to the circumstances around its composition. Points that contribute to the dating of the text include an...
Scholarly treatments of the Visions of Levi have tended not to address the individual literary units of the text. An overview of the history of scholarship on this text reveals that neither the term “Aramaic Testament of Levi” nor the more neutral Aramaic Levi Document offers particular insights...
This overview of the “Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts” Project lays out its organizational framework and agenda, while explaining why it is necessary and desirable to address theological questions with respect to the Qumran texts. The intellectual framing of the project and its...
I. Meaning and distribution – 1. ’ab in the OT – a.) an overview – b.) God as “father” – 2. ’ab in Qumran – a.) distribution – b.) morphological notes – II. role of the “father” in profane contexts – 1. domestic context – 2. legal context – 3. the “house of the Father” – 4. ’ab as official...
The article presents a contemporary view of the study of piyyut, demonstrating that Jewish poetry of late antiquity (in Hebrew and Aramaic) was closely related to Christian liturgical poetry (both Syriac and Greek) and Samaritan liturgy. These relations were expressed primarily by common poetic...
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