This volume contains a collection of prayers, hymns, psalms, and liturgies from Cave 4 at Qumran. Among them, 4QShirot Olat HaShabbat ('Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice') was preserved also in a copy from Cave 11. The other compositions include 4QNon-Canonical Psalms, 4QBerakhot ('Blessings'),4QApocryphal Psalm, and 4QPrayer for King Jonathan. This collection of texts greatly enhances our understanding of intertestamental poetry, adding a rich continuation to the biblical tradition of praise and worship of God in poetry. Among other things, these compositions reveal more fully the Qumrancommunity's understanding of the link between heavenly and earthly worship and the interaction of men and angels in the praise and service of God.close this panel
Carol Newsom is at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia. Eileen Schuller is at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.close this panel
'This is a rich volume whose publication is a feast for all Qumranologists.'International Review of Biblical Studies
'Authoritative articles on a number of inscriptions are included in this encyclopedia...Only a partial list of some of the articles can convey an impression of the richness of this new scholarly resource.'International Review of Biblical Studies.
'The prodigious output of the expanded team of international Dead Sea Scrolls editors is again in evidence with the publication of the eleventh volme of Discoveries in the Judean Desert series.'T. H. Lim, Journal of Theological Studiesclose this panel