Aramaic: Pesher Habakkuk: "interpretation" or "solution" of Habakkuk.
Four & a half foot scroll
[13 columns] found in cave 1 at Qumran
interpreting the Hebrew prophet as envisioning the defeat of a
"wicked priest" who "ruled over Israel" but defiled
himself by amassing wealth, robbing "the poor" &
persecuting an exiled "teacher of righteousness." Scholars
generally see these references as veiled allusions to events linked to
the founding of the sect that wrote the Dead Sea scrolls but debate the historical identity of the
"wicked priest" is most often identified with a Hellenized
Hasmonean ruler, especially Alexander Jannai.
Soon after its discovery (1947) it was
acquired by Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Other important Dead Sea Scrolls
Perspective on the
World of Jesus
Copyright © 1999-2008
All rights reserved.
an American Theological
Library Association Selected Religion Website
OCLC catalog no.: 62046512
May 1999 on Web