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 guides -- Bibliographies of the lifeless Sea Scrolls -- Survey studies of the invention of the Scrolls and their contents -- record of the useless Sea Scrolls and fragments -- Concordances, dictionaries, grammars, and so on. 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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If C h a d m a t c h e d A, loaves of heave-offering between which is water preserved in cleannessfittingfor heave-offering (or, all the more so, for Holy Things), then we should have the same rule as in Β - they all are unclean. And the point of the rule would have been exactly as at B, which is, liquid made unclean in the second remove is unclean in the first remove and conveys uncleanness accordingly, without limit. This is, therefore, an exceedingly complex way of expressing the simple rule governing contamination of liquid: whatever remove of uncleanness affects water, water, once made unclean, is always unclean in the first remove.

Each clause is modeled in the form of the foregoing, and the whole is exquisitely balanced in form just as it is in substance. M. 1:8 clearly is harmonious with M. 1:7. The latter speaks in general terms—first remove, second, third—while the former specifies the source of uncleanness. Accordingly, the operative difference between M. 1:7 and M. 1:8 is simply the contrast between stuck together ( N W S K W T ) vs. one stuck others ( H S Y K ) to it. T h e p o i n t of the difference expressed at M.

Two egg's bulk of food unclean in the first remove, two egg's bulks of food unclean in the second remove which one mixed with one another - it is unclean in the first remove. [If] one divided them - this is unclean in the first remove and this one is unclean in the first remove. [If one divided them into] three or four parts - 10, these are unclean in the second remove. Two egg's bulks of food unclean in the second remove, two eggs bulks of food unclean in the third remove, which one mixed together - it is unclean in the second remove.

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