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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State

Paperback Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature

By (author) Hanan Eshel

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 227mm x 15mm | 336g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802862853
  • ISBN 13: 9780802862853
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 570,101

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State is the first book dedicated solely to the question of how we can learn political history from the Qumran scrolls. This English edition of Hanan Eshel's 2004 Hebrew publication updates that earlier work with more recent scholarship, now also including English-language resources.

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"Hanan Eshel has rendered a service to scholarship by pulling together all the historical references in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Many of the passages in question are highly fragmentary or otherwise controversial. Eshel is at his best in detecting historical allusions in fragmentary texts. This book will be grist for the mills of scholarship for years to come." John J. Collins - Yale University "Though reporting history does not happen very often in the Dead Sea Scrolls, they do at times reflect what was happening in the larger world of their time. Hanan Eshel, both a scrolls scholar and an expert archaeologist, has assembled and analyzed in comprehensive fashion a series of texts in which the authors offer their perspective on events involving the Hasmonean rulers. The book, happily now available in an updated English version, is clear, compelling, and enlightening." James C. VanderKam - University of Notre Dame "Eshel's masterful treatment investigates the historical relevance of the Qumran scrolls to the study of Hasmonean history, while showing at the same time that the scrolls themselves cannot be understood without detailed knowledge of the historical context. This volume carefully demonstrates the interrelationship of historical and literary approaches to the scrolls while breaking new ground in understanding numerous Dead Sea texts." Lawrence H. Schiffman - New York University