Bible Review 8:3, June 1992

New Light on the Pharisees

Insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Lawrence H. Schiffman

The texts from Qumran lead us to a new understanding of the history of Judaism in the Second Temple period. Initial research on the scrolls naturally concentrated on the Dead Sea Scroll sect. But the full corpus will teach us a tremendous amount about other Jewish groups as well, as I argued in an earlier article in these pages.a

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