What was the Book of Moses in 4QMMT?
Wearne, Gareth J. (2020). What was the Book of Moses in 4QMMT? Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 82(2), pp. 237-255. https://doi.org/10.1353/cbq.2020.0047
|Authors||Wearne, Gareth J|
Discussions of 4QMMT have often focused on whether the epilogue refers to a tripartite canon comprising the Books of Moses, the prophets, and David. Recent scholarship has tended to doubt the possible reference to a Davidic corpus but has nonetheless persisted in the assumption that the Book of Moses (ספר מושה) refers to the canonical five-book Torah. In this article I reexamine the use of the term ספר מושה in 4QMMT and other Second Temple–period sources and argue that the expression had a narrower scope, specifically denoting the Book of Deuteronomy. By recognizing the restricted nature of the ספר מושה in MMT, we are better able to appreciate early Jewish conceptions of Scripture and the important place of Deuteronomy in the rhetoric of the epilogue.
|Keywords||Book of Moses; Deuteronomy; Torah; Dead Sea Scrolls; 4QMMT; canon; Pentateuch|
|Journal||Catholic Biblical Quarterly|
|Journal citation||82 (2), pp. 237-255|
|Publisher||Catholic University of America Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1353/cbq.2020.0047|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||02 Apr 2020|
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|Deposited||07 Sep 2021|
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