The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible

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CHAPTER 5
Pluriformity in the Biblical Text,
Text Groups, and Questions of Canon

Introduction

Complutum, the impressive and respected seat of scholarship which nearly five centuries ago gave such innovative impetus to the textual study of the Bible by producing the Complutensian Polyglot, the first biblical polyglot in 1514-1517, has once again, through the international congress Manuscritos Mar Muerto Madrid, made a significant contribution to the textual study of the Bible, this time to the publication and interpretation of the biblical and other religious manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scroll community.1

1. Scholars from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and neighboring institutions have been very active in areas important for the text and versions of the Hebrew Bible. Here it is possible to give only a few recent examples:

Julio Trebolle Barrera, Salomón y Jeroboán: Historia de la recensión y redacción de

Both personally and on behalf of the editors of the Qumran manuscripts, I would like to
express sincere gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen Doña Sofía, and their Excellencies the
Minister of Education and Science, the Minister of Culture, the President of the Autono-
mous State of Madrid, and the Rector of the Complutensian University, for making this
congress possible, and for their lavish hospitality. Also to Professors Julio Trebolle Barrera,
Luis Vegas Montaner, and Javier Fernández Vallina for the immense amount of work and
planning required to make this congress possible and make it function so smoothly. I am
truly grateful because the congress succeeded in providing a significant impetus to the
publication of the scrolls as well as valuable interaction and communication of knowledge
among the individuals publishing and interpreting the scrolls.

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