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Halakhah in the Making: The Development of Jewish Law from Qumran to the Rabbis

Aharon Shemesh


This book offers a comprehensive study of the legal material found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and its significance in the greater history of Jewish religious law (Halakhah). The study revives an issue long dormant in religious scholarship: namely, the relationship between rabbinic law, as written more than one hundred years after the destruction of the Second Temple, and Jewish practice during the Second Temple. The monumental discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran led to the revelation of this missing material and the closing of a two-hundred-year gap in knowledge, allowing work to begin co ... More

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish religious law, rabbinic law, Second Temple, Qumran, scroll 4QMMT

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520259102
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520259102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aharon Shemesh, author