A New Understanding of the Sobriquet דורשי החלקות: Why Qumranites Rejected Pharisaic Traditions

First paragraph from the chapter by Harry Fox.

The assumption that the rabbinic movement continues Pharisaic Judaism is generally considered so automatic and obvious that even those scholars critical of this scholarly reflex nonetheless use it and assume it themselves. The question my paper wishes to address is the extent to which the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran help us establish this hypothesis further given that we possess very little in the way of any certain writings attributed to the Pharisees themselves.



  • J. Jokiranta
  • M. Zahn

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Law, Literature, and Society in Legal Texts from Qumran. Papers from the Ninth Meeting of the International Organisation for Qumran Studies, Leuven 2016