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Torah in the MouthWriting and Oral Tradition in Palestinian Judaism, 200 BCE - 400 CE$
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Martin S. Jaffee

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140672.001.0001

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Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran

Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran

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(p.28) 2 Performative Reading and Text Interpretation at Qumran
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Torah in the Mouth
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Martin S. Jaffee (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140672.003.0003

Explores the nature of oral‐performative reading and text‐interpretive tradition in the scribal community (Yakhad) associated with the Qumran ruins and the Dead Sea scrolls. The focus is upon the conceptions of the authority of written texts and their oral‐performative transmission as embodied in the community's written representations of the study session of the community, its own practice of textual study preserved in the Damascus Covenant (CD), and the Community Rule (1QS). The chapter shows that despite a rich tradition of interpretive reading of scriptural works and others regarded as stemming from prophecy, the Qumran Yakhad had no sense of itself as bearing an ancient tradition, either oral or written.

Keywords:   Authority of written texts, Community Rule (1QS), Damascus Covenant (CD), Dead Sea scrolls, oral‐performative transmission, Qumran, study session of the community, Yakhad

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