Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity

eBook - 2008
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Society of Biblical Literature
As father of all humanity and not exclusively of Israel, Noah was a problematic ancestor for some Jews in the Second Temple period. His archetypical portrayals in the Dead Sea Scrolls, differently nuanced in Hebrew and Aramaic, embodied the tensions for groups that were struggling to understand both their distinctive self-identities within Judaism and their relationship to the nations among whom they lived. Dually located within a trajectory of early Christian and rabbinic interpretation of Noah and within the Jewish Hellenistic milieu of the Second Temple period, this study of the Noah traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls illuminates living conversations and controversies among the people who transmitted them and promises to have implications for ancient questions and debates that extended considerably beyond the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Book News
Mostly keeping his clothes on, Noah wanders through many genres written over many centuries, says Peters (religious studies, Trinity Western U.), and he seems to have been a more ambiguous ancestor for Second Temple Jews than had been imagined before the Dead Sea Scrolls came to light. She investigates how and to what extent Noah is portrayed as an archetype for a particular interpretation of being Jewish, what God revealed to him and how, and the extent to which he is claimed as a distinctly Jewish ancestor or as an ancestor common to both Jews and Gentiles. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the paperbound edition; Brill publishes the hardbound. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, ©2008
ISBN: 9781589833913
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 248 pages)


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