Developments in Pesher Nahum
- I have put up on my website (www.scrollery.com) a recently published article which develops and corrects certain things from my 2002 study _4Q Pesher Nahum: A Critical Edition_. The article is:
G. Doudna, "Allusions to the End of the Hasmonean Dynasty in Pesher Nahum", in G. Brooke and J. Hoegenhaven, eds., _The Mermaid and the Partridge. Essays from the Copenhagen Conference [June 2009] on Revising Texts from Cave Four_ (STDJ 96; Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp. 259-78.
Taking up questions of modern interest but not to the texts' authors, the article argues that the Wicked Priest of Pesher Habakkuk was Antigonus Mattathias (40-37 BCE), an identification not previously proposed in Qumran scholarship. It is argued that the Teacher of Righteousness was Antigonus's exiled adversary, Hyrcanus II. It is argued that the Qumran sect controlled the temple during much of the 1st century BCE. It is argued that the Community Rule texts do not reflect opposition to the temple. The article includes results of fresh textual work on 4QpNah and 4QpHos(b).