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Biblical Interpretation at Qumran.

Biblical Interpretation at Qumran. Edited by Matthias Henze (Eerdmans, $25). The Dead Sea Scrolls have changed our understanding of the text of the Old Testament, the nature and date of the canon, and biblical interpretation during the Second Temple period, with the nine essays in this book devoted to this third issue. Gleanings: In the second century B.C.E there was a lively debate about the origin of sin, without mentioning "the fall"; the biblical interpreters at Qumran found in the description of Israel at Sinai an ideal community worthy of imitation; pesher exegesis applied biblical texts to postbiblical settings in order to substantiate a theological conviction pertaining to divine reward and punishment; and Psalm 91 was understood as an apotropaic song that possessed the power to safeguard the faithful from malevolent spirits. RWK

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Author:Klein, Ralph W.
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book review
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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