Project for Re-Editing the Non-Sectarian Qumran scrolls (University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel)

In 2005 Prof. Devorah Dimant (emeritus), University of Haifa, launched a project for re-editing the Hebrew non-sectarian Qumran scrolls reworking the Torah. This project, where I served as an assistant researcher, was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF). I was entrusted with the editing of the following scrolls:
  • 1Q19 (Book of Noah)
  • 1Q22 (Words of Moses)
  • 2Q21 (2QapocrMos?)
  • 4Q368 (Apocryphal Pentateuch A)
  • 4Q370 (Admonition on the Flood)
  • 4Q377 (Apocryphal Pentateuch B)
  • 4Q422 (Paraphrase of Genesis and Exodus)
  • 4Q464 (Exposition on the Patriarchs)
  • 4Q577 (Text Mentioning the Flood)
The results of our work will be published in Dead Sea Scrolls Rewriting the Torah (General Editor: Devorah Dimant; editors: Ariel Feldman and Liora Goldman). This volume will offer revised editions of numerous Qumran texts reworking the Pentateuch followed by detailed commentaries and discussions.

Courtesy of the Israel Antiquity Authority

Joshua and His Texts

The sixth book of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Joshua, tells the story of the conquest of the Promised Land. Throughout the ages the stories about the crossing of the Jordan, the fall of Jericho and the conquest of Ai fascinated the readers of this book. Among the ancient writers who became interested in the figure of Joshua and the events described in the book bearing his name were Ben Sira, Philo and Josephus. With the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls previously unknown texts concerned with the Book of Joshua came to light. These are:
  • 4Q123 (4QpaleoParaJoshua)
  • 4Q378 (Apocryphon of Joshuaa)
  • 4Q379 (Apocryphon of Joshuab)
  • 4Q522 (4QProphétie de Josué [4QapocrJosuéc?])
  • 5Q9 (Ouvrage avec Toponymes)
  • Mas 11 (MasapocrJosh)
These scrolls retell various episodes from the Book of Joshua. While each of these scrolls has been studied, no attempt has yet been made to offer a comprehensive discussion of these new texts in their Second Temple context. This project, carried out at the University of Manchester, UK, and supported by the Newton International Fellowship, aims at filling this gap by providing both the general public and the academic community with a revised edition of these texts and an extensive discussion of their contribution to our knowledge of how the figure and the book of Joshua were understood in Second Temple period.

Courtesy of the Israel Antiquity Authority

A Computerized Tool for the Study of the Biblical Quotations and Allusions in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Quotations from the Hebrew Bible embedded in ancient sources have always been of interest for the biblical scholars. Much has been written about the use of the Hebrew Scriptures in the New Testament. Several studies collected and analyzed some of the biblical citations found in the Rabbinic literature. Attempts have been made to catalogue and study scriptural quotations and allusions in the Second Temple Jewish writings composed or preserved in the non-Semitic languages. Yet, once the Dead Sea scrolls came to light, an immensely rich collection of previously unknown ancient works citing from and alluding to the Hebrew Bible became available. To facilitate the search for the scriptural citations in the scrolls, catalogues of quotations have been prepared. While these are useful, a more sophisticated tool that will provide the students of the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea scrolls with various types of searchable data is urgently needed. To produce another inventory would be only a partial cure. A computerized tool is required. Such a tool has being currently developed by Mrs. Faina Feldman and it is available at Dead Sea Scrolls Quotations Databank. Some of the data collected so far are available on Biblical Quotations & Allusions in the Dead Sea Scrolls website Image