Wisdom Literature is the first comprehensive commentary on the wisdom texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls. John Kampen provides original translations of these works, most of which are drawn from an extensive collection of fragments that only became widely accessible for study in 1991.
Augmenting the text and translation with scholarly notes, discussions of key terms, and detailed commentary this commentary is is a very important first step to understanding the meaning of the DSS in both the ancient world and for all who seek to understand ancient texts.
Kampen relates the body of wisdom literature discovered at Qumranto the larger wisdom tradition, to apocalyptic literature, to the Hebrew Scriptures, and to the New Testament, and he shows how these texts fit into--and enhance our understanding of--the complex social and intellectual history of Second Temple Judaism.
About the Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls Series:
The Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls Series marks a milestone in Scroll Studies. The sixteen volumes in the ECDSS series, each one written by a world-renowned Scrolls scholar, bring together for the first time expert translations, critical notes, and line-by-line commentary for every translatable manuscript found at Qumran.
Produced with scholarly rigor yet accessible to nonspecialists and students, these volumes are essential to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and also provide crucial background for research into both the New Testament and rabbinical Judaism.
John Kampen is professor of New Testament at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. An eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, he is also coeditor (with John C. Reeves) of Pursuing the Text: Studies in Honor of Ben Zion Wacholder on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday.
A comprehensive presentation of the wisdom texts from the DSS. . . . an excellent guide.
This is an excellent guide to the Qumran wisdom literature, providing updated introductions, new translations, and judicious commentaries on all the texts. John Kampen has succeeded in presenting this vast body of literature as a research tool for the advanced scholar and the beginning student alike, and has done so in an attractive way.
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
This volume provides an accessible collection of ten of the major wisdom documents found at Qumran. Based on his many years of work on this genre, Kampen has judiciously chosen key issues to focus on in the introductions to each work and in the commentaries. Concisely, yet with depth, he demonstrates what these wisdom texts can contribute to our understanding of Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament, and he alerts us to many questions that await further study and reflection.
-- Eileen Schuller
John Kampen, celebrated for his focus on wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls, has written, in an exciting and lucid manner, the first focused commentary on the Qumran wisdom texts. While the Cave 1 manuscripts rarely concern wisdom, the scrolls Kampen translates are devoted to it. Studying a corpus of texts and not a definition is the beginning of wisdom. I find Kampens book exciting and perspicacious.
-- James H. Charlesworth
The Qumran wisdom texts, most of which only became known in the last wave of access to the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1990s, are of enormous significance for our understanding of the Jewish wisdom tradition. . . . Kampen effortlessly opens up this new treasure trove of texts and puts their study on a firm footing. Essential reading.
-- Charlotte Hempel
University of Birmingham
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