Dead Sea Scrolls / 4Q213

The Testament of Levi

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Summary of 4Q213

Date: 160 B.C.E. - 60 B.C.E.

Description: Among the numerous small fragments representing the Aramaic Testament of Levi from Cave 4, all dating to the mid-first century BCE, a damaged portion of two columns of 4Q213a contains parts of a prayer of Levi. As the best part of the same text survives also in Greek in a manuscript dating to the 11th century, it is possible to complete most of the missing sections of this prayer. Other small Aramaic fragments of the Testament of Levi, mentioning among other matters the ‘kingdom of the high priesthood’, are contained in scroll 1Q21.

Vermes, Geza The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Penguin Books 2004


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