359 meantime, one of the most helpful features of this translation is the com- prehensive descriptive list of manuscripts which accompanies it. It also affords the English speaking public a panoramic view of the rich and varied landscape of Jewish literature which was part of the Qumran library. Baltimore Hebrew University JOSEPH M. BAUMGARTEN BOOK REVIEWS Das Geheimnis von Qumran: wiederentdeckte Lieder und Gebete, by Georg Molin, revised and expanded by Otto Betz and Rainer Riesner. Freiburg im Breisgau: Verlag Herder, 1994. Pp. 128. DM 19.80. ISBN 3-451-23324-X. This book is an anthology of excerpts from various Qumran hymns and prayers, accompanied by introductions and commentary. The aim is to provide an account of the "secret" of the Qumran community's remark- able spiritual strength, which is to be found in their esoteric doctrines of divine election, eschatology, and messianic expectations. A concern to show the value of the Qumran literature for understanding the origins of Christianity, and the similar piety and belief shared by both, is apparent throughout. Part One is a re-presentation, with minor updating, of Molin's selec- tion of passages from 1QH, 1QM, 1QS, and 1C7,Sb, originally published in 1957 as Lob Gottes aus der Wüste,
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