By Brian Schultz
Precise in its style and content material, the "War Scroll (1QM)" provides a imaginative and prescient of an approaching eschatological conflict. even though initially interpreted as being the made of a unmarried writer from the Qumran Sect, the composition's inconsistencies fast resulted in the view that it really is in reality an eclectic rfile with an tricky compositional background. but all such theories have been formulated ahead of the ebook of battle Scroll-like texts from "Caves" four and eleven. A cautious re-evaluation of the struggle Scroll indicates in its place that what all started as a primitive and cohesive composition from the Hellenistic interval a few two-stage conquest of the area used to be ultimately up-to-date to be able to healthy the hot historic realities confronted through the sectarians lower than Roman rule.
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23 B: frg. 24 C: frgs. 1-8 C: frg. 9 Baillet, Qumran Grotte 4 frg. 8 frg. 9 frg. 10, col. i frg. 10, col. ii frg. 11, col. ii frg. 22 frg. 11, col. ii frg. 13 frg. 14:5-10 frg. 15 frg. 18 frg. 24 frg. 25 frg. 26 frg. 27 frg. 28 frg. 31 frg. 32 frg. 33 frg. 35 frg. 1 frg. 3 frg. 2 frg. 4 frg. 5 frg. 6 frg. 7 frg. 16 frg. 17 frg. 19 frg. 20 frg. 21 frg. 23 frg. 11, col. i frg. 31 In due fairness to Baillet, he had already noted the unique character of 4Q491 frgs. 32 Today, it is assumed that both are from the same hymn, referred to as Self-Glorification Hymn b (4Q491C).
10, col. ii frg. 11, col. ii frg. 22 frg. 11, col. ii frg. 13 frg. 14:5-10 frg. 15 frg. 18 frg. 24 frg. 25 frg. 26 frg. 27 frg. 28 frg. 31 frg. 32 frg. 33 frg. 35 frg. 1 frg. 3 frg. 2 frg. 4 frg. 5 frg. 6 frg. 7 frg. 16 frg. 17 frg. 19 frg. 20 frg. 21 frg. 23 frg. 11, col. i frg. 31 In due fairness to Baillet, he had already noted the unique character of 4Q491 frgs. 32 Today, it is assumed that both are from the same hymn, referred to as Self-Glorification Hymn b (4Q491C). 2. 4Q492 (4QMb/4QM2) 4Q492 (4QMb/4QM2) is comprised of three fragments written in a very similar, if not the same hand as M.
3. Second, she denies that 4Q491 frg. 9 should be connected to frg. 10 i. 3. Classification of the War Texts adopted in this study In conclusion, while I concur with Yshai that it cannot be proven that the Cave 4 texts are copies of M or its possible recensions, neither do I agree that one should discount such a possibility. Consequently, I am choosing to adopt the more common approach to the classification of these texts. 87 Three texts are classified as possible copies of the same recension as M.