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orion Were Peshers only on Bible?

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 10:50:49 -0500
From: David Goldman <davic@pop.erols.com>
Subject: Were Peshers only on Bible?

I have noticed that the authors of the peshers did not apparently write any
on other books they considered holy or prophetic, namely Jubilees or the
War Scroll for example. Does this indicate that they had a heirarchy of
sanctity or prophecy among their books - as between the canonized books and
the others? Even though it appears they revered the para-biblical works, it
would seem that they did not ascribe the same level of prophecy to those
works as they did the Bible. In light of this, what is the difference
between a pesher and a standard commentary? Presumably they could have
authored commentaries on these other works. If they did not, why not?
Perhaps this addresses the issue proposed by Yadin that the Temple Scroll
was a 6th book of the Bible for some group - there has not been found a
commentary or pesher on the Temple scroll...