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The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk

by (author) Timothy H. Lim

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
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This is the first major commentary in English on Pesher Habakkuk for forty years. It elucidates the nature of 1QpHab as the earliest commentary on the prophecy of Habakkuk by a detailed study of the biblical quotation and sectarian interpretation. This commentary provides a new edition of the scroll, including new readings, and detailed palaeographical, philological, exegetical and historical notes and discussion. It shows that the pesherist imitates the allusive style of the oracles of Habakkuk and also draws on lexemes, phrases, and themes from other biblical texts and Jewish sources. It shows that the pesherist identified the Kittim with the Romans who conquered Judaea in 63 BCE, and suggests that the scroll refers to several righteous and wicked figures, including the last Hasmonean high priests.

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Timothy H. Lim is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, University of Edinburgh. He is a world- renowned expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and canon research. In 2018, he was the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the W.F. Albrigh Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.