This volume introduces the reader to one of the most important genres of sectarian writing from Qumran: the Pesharim, or biblical commentaries. Timothy Lim systematically discusses the textual characteristics of the quoted bible verses, the literary genre and its relationship with rabbinic midrash, the characteristics of sectarian exegesis, the nature of the historical allusions, and the common features, whether real or imagined, with the New Testament.
“These scrolls, therefore, represent the range of beliefs of ancient Palestinian Judaism, and not simply the narrow theological and legal concerns of one marginal sect.” (Page 7)
“that are also found in the rabbinic midrashim and in much of Second Temple biblical interpretation and beyond” (Page 52)
“E. Earle Ellis has argued that Paul’s interpretation of the Old Testament is essentially a midrash pesher” (Page 81)
“pesherite texts that comment sequentially on larger and smaller sections of a biblical book” (Page 14)
“best-known biblical exegeses to be found among the Dead Sea Scrolls” (Page 13)