Halachische brieven uit de oudheid: Qumran, Paulus en de Talmoed | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Letters of halakhic content offer valuable socio-historical information. The polemical Qumran letter (4QMMT) both affirms halakha hitherto known to be Sadducean and testifies to Pharisaic control over Temple procedures. The practical instruction making up most of 1 Corinthians appears to be based on a specific halakhic tradition, to be identified as Apostolic halakha. The Babylonian Talmud evinces the importance for the Babylonian academies of letters from Palestine transmitting the exact formulation of halakhic traditions. In concluding, various settings for halakhic letters are enumerated, naturally integrating early Christian data.


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