Deuteronomy 19:15-19 in the Damascus document and early Midrash

Aharon Shemesh, Shlomo Naeh

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Damascus Document 9:16-10:3-the sectarian rule of testimony-presents serious difficulties that have challenged scholars for years. In light of the evidence from Qumran Cave 4, we suggest an emendation and a new reading of the passage. This reading reflects an understanding of the pentateuchal laws of testimony in Deut 19:15-19, which is markedly different from the conventional reading of this biblical pericope and the established halakhah. A similar understanding of the biblical passage is also echoed in early rabbinic sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-199
Number of pages21
JournalDead Sea Discoveries
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jan 2013
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Biblical Exegesis
  • CD
  • Halakhah
  • History of Halakha
  • Midrash
  • Testimony


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