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The Damascus Covenant: An Interpretation of the “Damascus Document”

The Damascus Covenant: An Interpretation of the “Damascus Document”

Philip Davies

| Sheffield Academic Press | 1982

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The Damascus Document is one of the most important documents found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. In this important monograph, Philip R. Davies surveys the scholarship from the past century on these textual fragments, beginning with Solomon Schechter’s 1910 Fragments of a Zodokite Work, and covering all significant studies from the twentieth century. The body of Davies’ work offers thorough studies of each section of the Damascus Document, including the history, laws, warnings, and new covenant. Davies also discusses redaction history. The Damascus Document concludes with a lengthy bibliography, as well as a complete text with Davies’ own translation.

Author Bio

Philip R. Davies (1945–) is a biblical scholar with interests in early Judaism, ancient Israel, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He earned degrees from Oxford University and the University of St. Andrews.

In 1974, Davies began teaching at the University of Sheffield, where he is now the Research Professor of Biblical Studies. He served as a co-founder of Sheffield Academic Press, the academic imprint based at the University of Sheffield.

Davies contributed volumes in several different collections including the Sheffield Reader CollectionStudies on the Prophets, and the Studies on Genesis. He has authored and edited several books and essays like First Person: Essays in Biblical Autobiography and The Bible in Human Society: Essays in Honor of John Rogerson.