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BY-NC-ND 3.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Open Access January 28, 2015

Understanding the Text of the Bible 65 Years after the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Emanuel Tov
From the journal Open Theology


The focus of this study is the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, 65 years after their discovery near the Dead Sea, with the purpose of improving our understanding of the text of Hebrew Scripture. The Qumran finds (more than 200 fragmentary scrolls) reflect textual plurality, and all the biblical texts were probably considered authoritative. At the same time, the 25 Scripture scrolls from sites in the Judean Desert outside Qumran are virtually identical to the medieval MT.


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Received: 2014-7-14
Accepted: 2014-11-12
Published Online: 2015-1-28

©2015 Emanuel Tov

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