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They observe that all three of these passages are highly polemical. The inclusion of an explanation of the logical basis of the laws is therefore an attempt to justify the correctness of the sectarian position. A similar argument is found in Devorah Dimant, “The Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Torah Quotations in the Damascus Covenant,” in “Sha‘arei Talmon”: Studies in the Bible, Qumran, and the Ancient Near East Presented to Shemaryahu Talmon (ed. M. Fishbane and E. Tov; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1992), 113*–22* (120*–21*) [Hebrew].

Charles offers the same basic assessment of the Damascus Document, though he frames his observation in the context of the suggested identity of the sectarian community. In order to take into account the purported points of correspondence with both the Sadducees and the Pharisees, Charles proposes the existence of a “reformed” group of former Sadducean priests who shared many beliefs and practices with the Pharisees. ”21 In order to make this identification work, Charles offers examples of some shared elements with the Pharisees, though he goes to great lengths to demonstrate that the sect is not identical to the Pharisees.

Epstein, Introduction to the Literature of the Tanaaim (Tel Aviv: Dvir; Jerusalem: Magnes, 1957), 502–3 [Hebrew]; Lawrence H. D. , Brandeis University, 1974), 159–80. Others argue rather that the exegetical process is merely similar. See Wilhelm Bacher, Die Bibelexegetische Terminologie der Tannaiten (Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1899), 25–26; M. 21 In the context of “seeking to understand the Torah” (v. 13), Ezra and his colleagues find written in the Torah the requirement to celebrate the festival of Booths (v.

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