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The Genesis Creation Account in the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls continue to shed ancient light on both the text and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible during the Second Temple period. Among the scrolls are several copies of Genesis dating from the first century BC to the mid-first century AD that contain portions of text from the creation account. These fragmentary copies have provided an unprecedented glimpse into the condition of the text in antiquity and have also provided a unique window into certain scribal practices in the copying of the text.

In addition, several texts from Qumran contain the most ancient surviving interpretations of the Genesis creation account, dating from the mid-second century BC to the first century AD. A literary analysis of these texts reveals how ancient Jews interpreted and employed the creation account. These diverse texts address issues such as the creation of various entities (the universe, angels, Eden, humanity), Adam’s dominion and knowledge in Eden, God’s election of Israel on the first Sabbath, the prohibition in the garden and Adam’s rebellion, and the Garden of Eden as an archetype of the sanctuary.

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  • Focuses on the text of the Genesis creation account in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Analyzes the interpretation of the Genesis creation account in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Includes a text-by-text literary analysis of the non-biblical Qumran texts containing interpretation of the creation account
  • The Text of the Genesis Creation Account at Qumran
  • Scribal Practices in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Literary Structure of the Genesis Creation Account
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: Words of the Luminaries
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: Paraphrase of Genesis and Exodus
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: 4QInstruction
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: Meditation on Creation
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: Miscellaneous Rules
  • Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Creation Account: Jubilees
  • Conclusions
  • Text and Translation of Words of the Luminaries
  • Text and Translation of Paraphrase of Genesis and Exodus
  • Text and Translation of 4QInstruction
  • Text and Translation of Meditation on Creation
  • Text and Translation of Miscellaneous Rules
  • Text and Translation of Jubilees
As a follow-up to his work on the interpretation of the Flood account at Qumran, Jeremy Lyon has now investigated the interpretation of the Creation account among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lyon has not only provided a comprehensive analysis of the text and interpretation of these manuscripts, but in this masterful treatment convincingly shows how scribal practices were intended to reflect a particular interpretation of the Creation account. This analysis will likely play an important role in the ongoing Genesis-Creation debate.

—Mark F. Rooker, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Title: The Genesis Creation Account in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Author: Jeremy D. Lyon
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 236
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Genesis

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Jeremy D. Lyon (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Truett-McConnell University and the author of Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Flood.

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    $14.99

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