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Third Orion International Symposium

4-8 FEBRUARY 1998 - Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club - Mount Scopus
Photographs of highlights of the Symposium

This year we celebrate the centennial of the Damascus Document's discovery in the Cairo Geniza (CD) and also the recently published DJD edition of the Qumran Damascus manuscripts. Since its inital discovery, CD sparked a lively debate partiularly about its sectarian origins and halacha, issues with far-reaching implications not only for the development of Jewish lawbut also for the very nature of Second Temple period Judaisms and its continuity into the early medieval period.

With the publication of all the manuscripts, the time is ripe for renewed study and asessment of this important document, its multi-faceted content and form, its literary history, its place in the Qumran corpus, the light it sheds on Qumran and other communities, its contribution to the various fields of Judaic studies on which it impacts: history, biblical interpretation, halacha, Jewish thought, Hebrew language, paleography and codicology. The Damascus Document symposium provides a special opportunity to bring together scholars working in different disciplines and in different periods including the medieval Geniza context. Papers may take an interdisciplinary approach or focus on one aspect, developing it synchronically or diachronically, and should deal with major issues or broad trends.
The names listed in capital letters have complete papers posted. The names are listed in order of apparition
J. BAUMGARTEN "The Laws of the Damascus Document-Between Bible and Mishnah
L. Schiffman, "It Shall Come To Pass in the End Of Days"
H. Stegemann "A Material Reconstruction of the 4QDamascus Document and a Form- Critical Approach to the Entire Composition"
S. METSO "The Relationship between the Damascus Document and the Community Rule"
P. DAVIES "The Judaism of the Damascus Sect"
A. Rofé "The Damascus Document and the Vorlage of the Septuagint"
S. FASSBERG "The Linguistic Study of the Damascus Document: A Historical Perspective"
L. Schiffman "The Relationship of the Zadokite Fragments to the Temple Scroll"
C. Werman "CD XI:17 Apart From Your Sabbaths"
A. Shemesh "Qumranic Laws of Shidduchim (4Q271-3):Biblical Origins and Rabbinic Parallels"
A. Schremer "Qumran-Essene Marital Prohibitions: CD IV:20-V:11 and Its Social Background"
C. HEMPEL "The Damascus Document and 4QMMT"
H. ESHEL "CD XII:15-17 and the Stone Vessels Found at Qumran"
E. Regev "Yose Ben Yoezer and the Qumran Sectarians on Purity Laws: Agreement, Controversy and Encounter"
M. D. Herr "The Damascus Document: A Historiosophic Theology or a Book of Laws?"
A. Baumgarten "The Perception of the Past in the Damascus Document"
B. Chiesa "The Damascus Document and the Karaite Literature of the 10th Century."

The names listed in capital letters have complete papers posted.
Papers that appear on this page are unedited, unrevised prepublication versions. They are not to be cited. Copyright belongs to the authors. They will appear eventually in edited, revised versions as part of our proceedings series. Greek and Hebrew texts have not been formatted.