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This volume is the thirty-eighth in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, the vehicle for the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Editor-in-chief Emanuel Tov and his able team of editors, including James VanderKam, the consulting editor for this volume, have produced another fine edition of these difficult texts, making them accessible in a predictable format to a scholarly audience. Each document is presented separately, with a physical description, a discussion of the contents, and a study of its paleography, orthography and morphology. Each fragment is transcribed, followed by notes, and photographic plates are supplied at the end of the volume. The volume also contains an internal concordance.
Unlike most of the volumes in this series, this volume does not contain manuscripts from the eleven caves surrounding Qumran (with one or two possible exceptions), but rather contains manuscripts found in other locations in the Judaean desert, small caches that nevertheless contain important primary documents ranging in date from the fourth century B.C.E. through the second century C.E. This is an eclectic collection of texts; their languages are Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and they include biblical texts, religious compositions and business documents.