by Sarianna Metso
SBL Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-88414-056-6 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-057-3 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-058-0
Library of Congress Classification BM488.M3M478 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 296.155


An authoritative critical edition

The discovery and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls transformed our understanding of the life and history of ancient Jewish communities when both rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity were emerging. As part of this rich discovery, the Community Rule serves to illuminate the religious beliefs and practices as well as the organizational rules of the group behind the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, there is no single, unified text of the Community Rule; rather, multiple manuscripts of the Community Rule show considerable variation and highlight the work of ancient Jewish scribes and their intentional literary development of the text. In this volume, Sarianna Metso brings together the surviving evidence in a new edition that presents a critically established Hebrew text with an introduction and an English translation.


  • A critical apparatus and textual notes

  • All the surviving evidence of the Community Rule

  • A new method for presenting complex developments and transmission history of ancient texts

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