Collection [18 columns +
fragments] of hymns of praise
found in cave 1 at Qumran. The author of these
poems thanks God for having granted him wisdom to act as "interpreter of
wonderful mysteries" & opponent of "the interpreters of
error" who despise him. Though confessing his human frailties, he
thanks God for purifying him with his Holy Spirit to enlighten the
congregation & renew the covenant. Some scholars identify the author of these
hymns as the "teacher of righteousness" who founded the
community. If so, they must be among the oldest of the sectarian compositions.
This scroll was acquired by
Hebrew University in Jerusalem soon after
its discovery (1947).
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