The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context (Studies of the by Charlotte Hempel

By Charlotte Hempel

Charlotte Hempel, Ph.D. (1995), collage of London, is a Senior Lecturer within the division of Theology and faith on the college of Birmingham. She has publised greatly at the lifeless Sea Scrolls together with The legislation of the Damascus rfile (Brill, 1998; repr. SBL, 2006).

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After its (re)-inauguration, the history of the new Israel is uneventful, static; nothing is recalled or foreseen but observance of its torah during the (present) era of divine anger, a period, and a history, initiated by one figure and to be fulfilled by another. We will presumably never know if there was a dwrš htwrh, or, if there was, who he was, or if the authors of these passages knew his identity. 8 The entire simple memory, in fact, is typological in form and function. We can identify a different, later stage in the memory fairly simply where the ‘teacher’ of the future becomes actualized as a ywrh hṣdq.

Satran, The Apocryphal Ezekiel (SBL Early Judaism and its Literature 18; Atlanta: SBL, 2000). An edition of Noah writings and traditions reconstructed from citations and quotations is now being prepared, edited by A. Amihai, R. Clements, V. Hillel and M. E. Stone. 12 J. C. Reeves, Jewish Lore in Manichaean Cosmology: Studies in the Book of the Giants Traditions (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1989), 1–7 and A. Pietersma, The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the Magicians: P. Chester Beatty XVI (With New Editions of Papyrus Vindobonensis Greek Inv.

While the historian is focussed on the past, they were clearly more concerned about the future. There is no historiography at Qumran, and real names are reserved for bit-players like King Jonathan, Shelomzion, the Seleucid Demetrius or the Roman Aemilius Scaurus. The central characters of sectarian history all have sobriquets, nicknames. This usage serves to underline the typological or symbolic nature of the events and persons being alluded to; the individual identity of the characters is simply not as important as their roles in a preordained divine plan.

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