Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Measuring Time

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Oktober 1998



"Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls" explores the evidence about the different uses of time-measurement in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Jewish texts. James C. VanderKam examines the pertinent texts, their sources and the different uses to which people put calendrical information in the Christian world. He argues that the scrolls indicate that a dispute about the correct calendar for dating festivals was one of the principal reasons for the separation of the authors of the scrolls from Jewish society.


Table of Contents. Part I:Introduction to Biblical and Post-biblical Calendars. Chapter 1: The Hebrew Bible. A. Some important passages. B. The moon and the sun. C. Three systems for designating months. D. The festivals. E. The Gezer Calendar. F. Some debated issues. Chapter 2: Sources later than the Hebrew Bible. A. Elephantine papyri. B. The Samaria papryi. C. 1Enoch 72-82. D. Sirach E.The Book of Jubilees. Part II. Chapter 1: The first calendrical hints. A. Introduction. B. Calendrical information in the first scrolls and the Damascus Document. Chapter 2: A history of scholarship on the Qumran calendars. A. S. Talman. B. D.Barthelemy. C. A.Jaubert D. J.T.Milik. E. S.Talmon. F. J.Sanders. G. Y.Yadin. Chapter 3: The Calendrical texts. A. Introduction. B. The texts. C. A Sundial Chapter 4: Measuring and symbolizing longer units of time. A. Evidence from the Hebrew Bible. B. The scrolls. Chapter 4: Conclusion. A. Summary statements. B. A hypothetical sketch of the role of the calendar in Qumran origins. Bibliography.


"Always a model of concision and clarity, VanderKam is true to form here. His discussions of the Cave 4 texts are particularly helpful, especially considering their often complex and tedious character."
-Review of Biblical Literature, March 2000
EAN: 9780415165136
ISBN: 041516513X
Untertitel: 'Dead Sea Scrolls'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1998
Seitenanzahl: 148 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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