138 Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 39 (2008) 88-145 Th e New Damascus Document: Th e Midrash on the Eschatological Torah of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Reconstruction, Translation and Commentary. By Ben Zion Wacholder (STDJ 56). Leiden, Brill 2007. Pp. xxx + 425. Cloth with dustjacket. €130.00 US$175.00 ISBN 109004141081. Th is volume presents for the ﬁrst time the entire spectrum of manuscripts of the Damascus Document from the Cairo Genizah and the Qumran Caves. Its sub-title is based on the concluding lines of the document preserved in 4QD a and 4QD e ( ˆwrjah hrwth çrdm ). In Wacholder’s view these words provide the original title “Th e Midrash on the Eschatological Torah,” abbreviated here “MTA” based on the Hebrew phrase. Wacholder’s position is comparable to the view advocated by the late Hartmut Stegemann, both having arrived at this interpretation indepen- dently (cf. e.g., 368). Th e book falls into three parts: a composite edition of the Hebrew manuscripts including textual notes, a new English translation, and a commentary. Wacholder draws the reader’s attention to a number of distinctive emphases in his approach. Firstly, he endeavours to oﬀer “a more liberal attempt”
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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