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The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

ISBN13: 9780199663088

ISBN10: 0199663084

Publisher: Oxford University Press (11 Oct 2012)

Extent: 808 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 24.4 x 17 x 4.8 cm

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  •  - Draws together an international panel of thirty experts providing a wide array of perspectives and approaches
     - Covers the full range of topics related to the scrolls, including articles on the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran, the cemetery, presence of women, the scrolls' relevance for the  - Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and New Testament
     - Engages with ongoing lively debate on these topics and suggests avenues for future research
     - Each article contains a further readings section and extensive bibliographical entries


    In 1946 the first of the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries was made near the site of Qumran, at the northern end of the Dead Sea. Despite the much publicized delays in the publication and editing of the Scrolls, practically all of them had been made public by the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the first discovery. That occasion was marked by a spate of major publications that attempted to sum up the state of scholarship at the end of the twentieth century, including The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (OUP 2000). These publications produced an authoritative synthesis to which the majority of scholars in the field subscribed, granted disagreements in detail. 


    A decade or so later, The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls has a different objective and character. It seeks to probe the main disputed issues in the study of the Scrolls. Lively debate continues over the archaeology and history of the site, the nature and identity of the sect, and its relation to the broader world of Second Temple Judaism and to later Jewish and Christian tradition. It is the Handbook's intention here to reflect on diverse opinions and viewpoints, highlight the points of disagreement, and point to promising directions for future research.


    Readership: Students and Scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls; of Jewish Studies; of Early Christian Studies; of Archaeology


    Table of Contents:

    Introduction: Current Issues in Dead Sea Scrolls Research
    I: Archaeology of Khirbet Qumran and the Judaean Wilderness
    1: Eric Meyers: Khirbet Qumran and its Environs
    2: Rachel Hachlili: The Qumran Cemetery Reassessed
    II: The Scrolls and Jewish History
    3: Martin D. Goodman: Constructing Ancient Judaism from the Scrolls
    4: Michael O. Wise: The Origins and History of the Teacher's Movement
    5: Tal Ilan: Women in Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    III: The Scrolls and Sectarianism
    6: John J. Collins: Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    7: Joan E. Taylor: The Classical Sources on the Essenes and the Scrolls Communities
    8: Jutta Jokiranta: Sociological Approaches to Qumran Sectarianism
    9: Sacha Stern: Qumran Calendars and Sectarianism
    10: James C. VanderKam: The Book of Enoch and the Qumran Scrolls
    IV: The Biblical Texts, Interpretation and Languages of the
    11: Ronald S. Hendel: Assessing the Text-Critical theories of the Hebrew Bible after Qumran
    12: Timothy H. Lim: Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    13: Molly Zahn: The Rewritten Scriptures
    14: Bilha Nitzan: The Continuity of Biblical Interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature
    15: Jan Joosten: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek in the Qumran Scrolls
    Religious Themes in the Scrolls
    16: Jonathan Klawans: Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    17: Michael Knibb: Apocalypticism and Messianism
    18: James R. Davila: Exploring the Mystical Background fo the Dead Sea Scrolls
    19: Armin Lange: Wisdom Literature and Thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    20: Albert de Jong: Iranian Connections in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    21: David Lambert: Was the Dead Sea Sect a Pentitential Movement?
    VI: The Scrolls and Early Christianity
    22: Jörg Frey: Critical Issues in the Investigation of the Scrolls and the New Testament
    23: Larry Hurtado: Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology
    24: George J. Brooke: Shared Exegetical Traditions between the Scrolls and the New Testament
    The Scrolls and Later Judaism
    25: Aharon Shemesh: Halakha between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature
    26: Daniel Falk: The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the STudy of ANcient Jewish Liturgy
    27: Stefan Reif: Reviewing the Links between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah
    VIII: New Approaches to the Scrolls
    28: Carol Newsom: Rhetorical Criticism and the Reading of the Qumran Scrolls
    29: Maxine Grossman: Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness
    30: Hector L. MacQueen: The Scrolls and the Legal Definition of Authorship


    George J. Brooke, University of Manchester
    John J. Collins, Yale University
    James R. Davila, University of St Andrews
    Daniel K. Falk, University of Oregon
    Jörg Frey, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    Martin D. Goodman, University of Oxford
    Maxine L. Grossman, University of Maryland
    Rachel Hachili, University of Haifa, Israel
    Ronald S. Hendel, University of California, Berkeley
    Larry W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
    Albert de Jong, Leiden University
    Jutta Jokiranta, University of Helsinki
    Jonathan Klawans, Boston University
    Michael Knibb, King's College London
    David Lambert, University of Texas at Austin
    Armin Lange, University of Vienna
    Timothy H. Lim, University of Edinburgh
    Tal Ilan, Freie Universität Berlin
    Jan Joosten, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg
    Hector L. MacQueen, University of Edinburgh
    Eric Meyers, Duke University
    Carol Newsom, Emory University
    Bilha Nitzan, Tel Aviv University
    Stefan C. Reif, Cambridge University
    Aharon Shemesh, Ramat Gan
    Sacha Stern, University College London
    Joan E. Taylor, University of Waikato, NZ
    James C. VanderKam, University of Notre Dame
    Michael O. Wise, Northwestern College, St Paul, MN
    Molly Zahn, University of Kansas

  • John Collins

    Timothy H. Lim

    Timothy H. Lim, Professor of Hebrew Bible & Second Temple Judaism at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

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    "In addition to pointing readers to what we know about the scrolls, the Handbook very successfully gets across the crucial message that some of the most groundbreaking achievements in current scroll scholarship have to do with challenging what we thought we knew.


    Charlotte Hempel, Biblical Archaeology Review


    "Those looking for a thorough and up-to-date analysis of the complex discussion on the Scrolls will want to consult these essays as a clear and helpful guide."


     - Interpretation

    "An invaluable resource for the study of the Dead Sea extraordinary collection of articles that meets its objective to reflect diverse viewpoints, highlight ongoing issues, and direct future research. Students, scholars, novices, and specialists will find the OHDSS a welcome introduction and companion to DSS research with its succinct yet comprehensive history of research, expert yet accessible evaluations of critical issues, and nuanced yet uncomplicated methodologies."


     - Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament


The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls