A guide to the Dead Sea scrolls and related literature by Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J.

By Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J.

Method of abbreviations used for th lifeless Sea Scrolls -- lifeless Sea Scrolls: significant courses -- Bibliographies of the lifeless Sea Scrolls -- Survey studies of the invention of the Scrolls and their contents -- record of the lifeless Sea Scrolls and fragments -- Concordances, dictionaries, grammars, and so forth. for the research of the lifeless Sea Scrolls -- Secondary collections of Qumran texts -- Translations of the lifeless Sea Scrolls in collections -- Outlines of a few Qumran texts

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11:50:13:06:14 Page 23 Page 24 24 The “Grammar” of Sacrifice The second example might be viewed as an exception within the grammar rather than an indication of a large-scale shift in its underlying structure. The pseudepigraphic Testament of Job (15:4–7)89 mentions the offering of pigeons whose flesh is, in all appearances, shared among a large number of non-priestly guests, in the manner of wellbeing offerings. 90 Whatever the reason for this author’s “ungrammaticality”––if one views the grammar of Σ as prescriptive––given the attestation of this combination in the Testament of Job, we must either admit that in this text the grammar has changed, or at least that Σ allows for exceptions.

Other contradictions may be understood as a result of diachronic developments. For example, Leviticus 3 implies that there is a distinction between flock animals and bovines in terms of the number of priests involved in their offering: a single priest offers the suet of a flock animal offered as a wellbeing offering, and several priests manipulate its blood (3:8, 11, 13, 16); but several priests are involved in the offering of both the suet and the blood of a bovine offered as a wellbeing offering (3:3).

63 Staal 1989:162, 188, 260. 64 Staal 1989:451. Furthermore, many of the rituals Staal analyzes, particularly in Rules without Meaning, are mantras. , phonological rules––it is reasonable to suspect that these complex utterances may be governed by a syntax as well. ama¯sa (“new- and full-moon”) rituals, pas´ubandha rituals (literally “animal-binding,” and by extension “animal sacrifice,” though no animals are used in this case), among several other rituals. ama¯sa ritual in turn includes the recitation of a number of sa¯midhenı¯ verses (to be recited during the kindling of the fire).

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