© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156851708X263125 What Has Happened to the Laws? The Treatment of Legal Material in 4QReworked Pentateuch * Moshe J. Bernstein Yeshiva University Abstract The biblical or non-biblical nature of the manuscripts currently identiﬁed as 4QReworked Pentateuch (4Q158; 4Q364–67) has been the subject of much scholarly discussion. This paper addresses a facet of those texts which has unfor- tunately been ignored in most of those discussions, namely their treatment of the legal material in the Pentateuch. An examination of the surviving legal portions of 4QReworked Pentateuch, manuscript by manuscript, indicates that much greater freedom is shown in handling the laws than in any known pentateuchal textual tradition. We ﬁnd that laws are omitted from their original locations in the Pentateuch, and, almost without exception, do not reappear in a new loca- tion. There also appears to be almost no exegetical reworking of the laws. We conclude that we should not presume that the 4QRP texts included the entire Pentateuch, and that their omission of legal material should probably lead us to characterize some, if not all, of them as non-biblical. Keywords Reworked Pentateuch; 4Q158; 4Q364; 4Q365; 4Q365a; 4Q366; 4Q367; excerpted texts; Samaritan Pentateuch
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Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: EXCERPTED TEXTS; 4Q364; REWORKED PENTATEUCH; 4Q365; 4Q365A; 4Q367; 4Q366; SAMARITAN PENTATEUCH; 4Q158
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