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Sixth Orion International Symposium
SAPIENTIAL PERSPECTIVES: WISDOM LITERATURE IN LIGHT OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

20-22 May 2001- Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


INTRODUCTION

The recent publication of two volumes of the "Discoveries in the Judaean Desert" series devoted exclusively to sapiential texts, DJD XX and XXXIV, provides the impetus for a reassessment and reevaluation of this group of compositions within Judaism and early Christianity. Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, our knowledge of wisdom literature in the Second Temple period was limited to contemporary biblical books, apocryphal works, and pseudepigraphical writings. Recently published compositions, especially 4QInstruction (olim Sapiential Work) and Mysteries, now allow for a more refined and nuanced picture of wisdom literature, and its impact on and interaction with other genres. In addition to shedding light on the world of their authors, these texts also provide a missing link between earlier and later sapiential compositions. Analysis of these newly published works also demonstrates how the authors reacted to and reused biblical wisdom in their new literary creations.
GREETINGS PARTICIPANTS
Menahem Ben-Sasson, Rector
Yair Zakovitch, Dean, Faculty of Humanities
Yom Tov Assis, Head, Institute of Jewish Studies
Esther Chazon, Director, Orion Center
JOHN J. COLLINS
Devorah Dimant
Torleif Elgvin
Esther Eshel
Aarstein Justnes
Menahem Kister
Maren Niehoff
ALEXANDER ROFE
Lawrence Schiffman
Hartmut Stegemann
Gregory Sterling
Sarah Tanzer
Jan Willem Van Henten
Cana Werman
BENJAMINE G. WRIGHT


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAPERS
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.