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Rhetoric and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Purity, Covenant, and Strategy at Qumran
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Rhetoric and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Purity, Covenant, and Strategy at Qumran (Hardback)

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Discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of ancient Israelite documents, many of which were written by a Jewish sectarian community at Qumran living in self-exile from the priesthood of the Second Temple. This first book-length study of the rhetoric of these texts illustrates how the Essenes employed different rhetorics over time as they struggled to understand God's word and their mission to their people, who they believed had turned away from God and his purposes.



Applying methods of rhetorical analysis to six substantive texts-Miqsat Ma'aseh ha-Torah, Rule of the Community, Damascus Document, Purification Rules, Temple Scroll, and Habakkuk Pesher-Bruce McComiskey traces the Essenes' use of rhetorical strategies based on identification, dissociation, entitlement, and interpretation. Through his analysis, McComiskey uncovers a unique, fascinating story of an ancient religious community that had sought to reintegrate into Temple life but, dejected, instead established itself as the new covenant people of God for this world, only to turn ultimately to a trust in a metaphysical afterlife.



Presenting forms of ancient Jewish rhetoric largely uninfluenced by classical rhetoric, this book broadens our understanding of human and religious rhetorical practice, even as it provides new insight into the events that led to the emergence of the Talmudic period. Rhetoric and the Dead Sea Scrolls will be useful to scholars working in the fields of religious rhetoric, Jewish studies, and early Christianity.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesCommunication studies Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press Publication Date: 27/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9780271090153  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Bruce McComiskey is Professor of English and Director of Professional Writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Teaching Composition as a Social Process; Gorgias and the New Sophistic Rhetoric; Dialectical Rhetoric; and Post-Truth Rhetoric and Composition.

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