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The Bible’s Earliest Interpreters Philo and Qumran

David Flatto / November 18, 2013

How was the Torah understood by Jews of the Second Temple Period? What do the surviving texts of the period reveal about ancient modes of biblical interpretation? We will study the works of Philo and the relevant parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls related to Deuteronomy 17 (about kingship, priesthood and judicial administration) as a case study.


Part 1


Part 2


David Flatto

David Flatto is an assistant professor of law, religion, and history at Penn State Law. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and received ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has written and lectured on Maimonides, Jewish legal philosophy, and the critical and historical study of rabbinics. Click here to access podcasts recorded by David Flatto.


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