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The Meaning of the Key ("Demetrius")-Passage of the Qumran Nahum-Pesher
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 98, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1978), pp. 394-399
Published by: American Oriental Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/599751
Page Count: 6
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The paper demonstrates that the key-passage of the Qumran Nahum-Pesher (4QpNah 3-4 I:1-2) has been misconstrued and mistranslated. With the passage correctly read, the "Demetrius" therein mentioned is shown to be alone identifiable as Demetrius I Soter (162-150 B. C. E.)-not, as now generally believed, Demetrius III Eucaerus (ca. 95-88 B. C. E.). The identification establishes a secure temporal frame-of-reference for the composition not only of this text, but for that of all the other Qumran Peshers and related texts.
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