Hidden Things and Their Revelation

A. Shemesh, C. Werman

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The Qumran sectaries read Deut 29:28 as a pesher on their history: during the First Temple period the Israelites broke the revealed commandments, so that after the exile only a select group loyal to the covenant was worthy of studying the hidden laws. The sectaries allowed themselves a creative intellectual role in the exposition of the hidden law. Rabbinic interpretation on these points bears some similarity to the Qumran sectarian interpretation. The rabbis also read Deut 29:28 as reflective of a historical process of revelation, understanding, as did the sectaries, that the revealed and hidden dichotomy alluded to there applied to the historical revelation of written and oral Torah. The rabbis also regarded creative human endeavor to be part of the exegetical process.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)409-427
Number of pages19
JournalRevue de Qumran
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998


  • Intertestamental, Apocrypha, NT Use: Qumran
  • Deuteronomy 29:28


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