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The Formation of the Jewish Canon$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300164343

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300164343.001.0001

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Authoritative Scriptures

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Authoritative Scriptures

(p.119) 7 The Dead Sea Scrolls and Authoritative Scriptures
The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Timothy H. Lim

Yale University Press

The Qumran-Essene theory states that manuscripts discovered by Bedouin goatherds in caves by the Dead Sea in 1947 belong to the community of the Essenes. Since the beginning of research, scholars have advanced theories about the archaeology of the site of Khirbet Qumran, which was close to the caves, its relationship to the scrolls found in the nearby caves, the origins of the community, the identification of key figures in the scrolls, and the history of the community until its disappearance. This chapter looks at the conclusions of the research that was carried out and examines the issues of authority in relation to the scrolls.

Keywords:   Qumran-Essene, Dead Sea, Khirbet Qumran, caves, community

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