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+ George Brooke ‘Brian as a Teacher of Righteousness’
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George Brooke
‘Brian as a Teacher of Righteousness’
This talk will juxtapose several aspects of The Life of Brian with recent discussion of the Teacher of
Righteousness as known from the sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls. The aim of the paper is to show how
many of the provocative insights of The Life of Brian can be used to help pose fundamental
questions about what can be known about the Teacher of Righteousness. Though probably a real
individual of the second century BCE, the Teacher is largely a construct of texts from the late first
century BCE, and his own voice as heard and misheard in the Thanksgiving Hymns and various
interpretations of legal and prophetic traditions resonates more with the concerns of a community
trying to redefine its identity than with an actual historical figure. In turn, the fresh understandings
of the memory of the Teacher can be used to highlight the incisive suggestiveness of the
achievement of The Life of Brian.
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