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Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Ger and Mutable Ethnicity.


Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Ger and Mutable Ethnicity

Carmen Palmer



231 pages



Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah; Volume 126


The scriptural term <ger/> meant "resident alien" just after the collapse of the Northern Kingdom in 722 BCE, says Palmer, but by the first centuries CE, the meaning had changed to "Gentile convert to Judaism." Her question here is what it meant to members of the sectarian movement at Qumran when they used it in the Dead Sea Scrolls. She covers provenance and dating of the </ger/> in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a textual study of the </ger/> in the Dead Sea Scrolls, locating the </ger/> and assessing ethnic identity in the sectarian movement, and sociohistorical comparison between the sectarian movement and Greco-Roman associations. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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