Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Gēr and Mutable Ethnicity

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Carmen Palmer
Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah 126
  • Leiden: 
    , October
     231 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls examines the meaning of the term gēr in the Dead Sea Scrolls. While often interpreted as a resident alien, this study of the term as it is employed within scriptural rewriting in the Dead Sea Scrolls concludes that the gēr is a Gentile convert to Judaism. Contrasting the gēr in the Dead Sea Scrolls against scriptural predecessors, Carmen Palmer finds that a conversion is possible by means of mutable ethnicity. Furthermore, mutable features of ethnicity in the sectarian movement affiliated with the Dead Sea Scrolls include shared kinship, connection to land, and common culture in the practice of circumcision. The sectarian movement is not as closed toward Gentiles as has been commonly considered.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Carmen Palmer instructs Biblical Hebrew at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. Her publications include an article on scriptural rewriting, and Foreigner and Gentile entries in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.


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