The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library presents a complete Hebrew transcription and English translation of the Biblical texts, together with high-resolution images. The contents of this online publication is identical to that of the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Biblical Texts CD-ROM, published by Brill and Brigham Young University but its interface is adapted to Brill's online platform for reference works.
Biblical and Non-biblical Texts. DSSEL covers only the non-biblical Qumran texts based on a formal understanding of what constitutes a biblical text. The canonical biblical books are excluded from this edition, while Ben Sira (2Q18) is included. Qumran copies of Aramaic and Greek translations are excluded from DSSEL as are 4Q124–125. Due to the fragmentary character of the Qumran compositions, it is often unclear whether a small fragment contains a biblical or non-biblical composition,10 but DSSR and DSSEL follow the decisions of those who edited the texts regarding their nature. Furthermore, the distinction between texts that are considered to be Scripture and those that are not, in the wide sense of the word, is often difficult.
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