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Many students of the second one Temple interval have changed the idea that of canonization through that of canonical technique. research of the lifeless Sea Scrolls has been the most important for this new course. in accordance with this new proof taxonomic phrases like biblical, nonbiblical or parabiblical look anachronistic for the interval ahead of 70 C.E. The inspiration of authoritative Scriptures performs an enormous half within the new paradigm of canonical approach, however it has now not but been sufficiently mirrored upon and is wanting rationalization. Why have been a few texts extra authoritative than others? For whom and in what contexts have been texts authoritative? And what are our standards to figure out to what volume a textual content was once authoritative? briefly, what can we suggest through "authoritative"? This quantity specializes in particular texts or corpora of texts, and methods the idea of authoritative Scriptures from sociological, cultural and literary views.

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Apart from the various forms of explicit commentary now found in a few sectarian compositions at Qumran, Horsley continues, “in the book of Sirach or in texts produced at Qumran, quotations of authoritative books are rare, and authoritative texts do not appear to have been studied and particular passages explicitly interpreted. Rather, texts of Torah and others were recited ritually and learned by recitation. It appears that in second-temple times scribes were engaged in oral cultivation, along with written copying, of a wide range of texts and other cultural materials.

40 See the classical study by M. Fishbane, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (Oxford: Clarendon, 1985). 41 E. Tov, “3 Kingdoms Compared with Similar Rewritten Compositions,” in Flores Florentino (ed. Hilhorst, Puech, and Tigchelaar), 345–66. 42 On the phenomenon of “rewriting,” see the sensible remarks of M. Bernstein, “The Contribution of the Qumran Discoveries to the History of Early Biblical Interpretation,” in The Idea of Biblical Interpretation: Essays in Honor of James L. Kugel (ed.

Schiffman, “The Temple Scroll and the Halakhic Pseudepigrapha of the Second Temple Period,” in Pseudepigraphic Perspectives: The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls (ed. G. Chazon. E. Stone, and A. H. Schiffman, The Courtyards of the House of the Lord: Studies on the Temple Scroll (ed. F. García Martínez; Leiden: Brill, 2008), 163–74. P. Jassen, Mediating the Divine: Prophecy and Revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple Judaism (Leiden: Brill, 2007). 58 Jassen, Mediating the Divine, 211.

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