“Professor Brownlee is one of the pioneers of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. His first translation of the Habakkuk Commentary (1QpHab) appeared in December, 1948. This highly important manuscript continued to fascinate him for a further quarter of a century and in the volume under review he offers a fresh, … English rendering of the text and an attempt at a detailed philological and midrashic-exegetical exposition. The introduction contains also an extensive … description of the Qumran pesher. Only fragments of Brownlee’s historical reconstruction are revealed here; we learn that he still maintains that the Wicked Priest is John Hyrcanus I and identifies the Teacher of Righteousness as Judas the Essene. The outline proper of his historical synthesis together with the study remaining Qumran pesharim, are however relegated to one or more subsequent volume(s).… All in all, this is a serviceable text-book for Qumran scrolls classes in universities.” —Geza Vermes, Journal of Biblical Literature
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