Item description for Reading for History in the Damascus Document: A Methodological Study (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah) by Maxine L. Grossman...
Scholars tend to view the Damascus Document as a historical source, but a reading of the text in the light of contemporary (audience-oriented) literary criticism finds its emphasis in the ideological construction of history and communal identity, rather than in the preservation of a historical record. An introduction to contemporary literary criticism is followed by a series of thematic readings, focusing on historical narrative, priestly imagery, and gender in the covenant community. Each theme is examined in terms of its potential for multiple (sometimes contradictory) interpretations and for its place in the larger sectarian discourse. This study offers an alternative approach to the historiography of ancient Jewish sectarianism, acknowledging the presence of competing claims to shared traditions and the potential for changes in textual interpretation over time or among diverse communities.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004122524 ISBN13 9789004122529
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More About Maxine L. Grossman
Maxine L. Grossman is associate professor of Jewish studies and religious studies in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. Her other work includes Reading for History in the Damascus Document: A Methodological Study.
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Interpreting the DSS Damascus Document Jul 21, 2009
While working to "produce history" Maxine Grossman of the University of Pennsylvania reads the Damascus Document via a literary critical perspective (ix). She believes she is offering an "alternative approach" to historiography because textual meanings do change over time("never are complete" xi) and according to the sectarians who wrote and interpreted themselves as fulfillments of the Hebrew Bible their "history" was as much an "ideology and not simply statements of facts" x). Her book ,is in other words, a how to interprete the DD.That is, if we want to have a methodological hermeneutical approach to this Dead Sea scroll document then we have found it.