The latest Review of Biblical Literature is out. I wanted to point out a review of my good friend Daniel Falk’s latest work. (We must do something about the price of books….)
The Parabiblical Texts: Strategies for Extending the Scriptures among the Dead Sea Scrolls
Falk, Daniel K.
New York: T&T Clark, 2007
pp. xii + 189
Companion to the Qumran Scrolls/Library of Second Temple Studies, 8/63
Description: This book introduces the reader to a fascinating genre of writings that retell biblical narratives in various ways. They reflect the concerns and methods of early Jewish interpreters of Scripture. Daniel Falk surveys the content and major scholarly issues of three key examples: Genesis Apocryphon (1QapGen), Reworked Pentateuch (4Q158, 364-5), and Commentary to Genesis (4Q252-4). Particular attention is paid to exploring why and how the authors interpret the Scriptural text in their distinctive ways. The book traces continuity and discontinuity with other Jewish and Christian traditions, and reflects on the significance of these texts for the status of Scripture and the boundary between Scripture and interpretation. Drawing on the latest research and reconstructions of the texts, and with extensive bibliographies, this is an authoritative guide for the student or the non-specialist scholar.
Subjects: Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls
Download the pdf here. At least the don’t make us pay for that!