The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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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.

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  • Paperback | 808 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 48mm | 1,419.74g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 2 maps, 7 black and white figures
  • 0199663084
  • 9780199663088
  • 600,859

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The importance of this work ... lies not merely in this wealth of expertise but rather in its unique objective. ... the decision of Collins and Lim to highlight contested questionsin diverse areas of Scrolls' scholarship give this particular volume a refreshing and welcome overarching unity. It will be consulted and appreciated by any scholar whose work engages the field of Second Temple Judaism. Shane Berg, Scottish Journal of Theology

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Table of contents

Preface ; Introduction: Current Issues in Dead Sea Scrolls Research ; I: ARCHAEOLOGY OF KHIRBET QUMRAN AND THE JUDAEAN WILDERNESS ; 1. Khirbet Qumran and its Environs ; 2. The Qumran Cemetery Reassessed ; II: THE SCROLLS AND JEWISH HISTORY ; 3. Constructing Ancient Judaism from the Scrolls ; 4. The Origins and History of the Teacher's Movement ; 5. Women in Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls ; III: THE SCROLLS AND SECTARIANISM ; 6. Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 7. The Classical Sources on the Essenes and the Scrolls Communities ; 8. Sociological Approaches to Qumran Sectarianism ; 9. Qumran Calendars and Sectarianism ; 10. The Book of Enoch and the Qumran Scrolls ; IV: THE BIBLICAL TEXTS, INTERPRETATION AND LANGUAGES OF THE ; 11. Assessing the Text-Critical theories of the Hebrew Bible after Qumran ; 12. Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 13. The Rewritten Scriptures ; 14. The Continuity of Biblical Interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature ; 15. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek in the Qumran Scrolls ; RELIGIOUS THEMES IN THE SCROLLS ; 16. Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 17. Apocalypticism and Messianism ; 18. Exploring the Mystical Background fo the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 19. Wisdom Literature and Thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 20. Iranian Connections in the Dead Sea Scrolls ; 21. Was the Dead Sea Sect a Pentitential Movement? ; VI: THE SCROLLS AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY ; 22. Critical Issues in the Investigation of the Scrolls and the New Testament ; 23. Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology ; 24. Shared Exegetical Traditions between the Scrolls and the New Testament ; THE SCROLLS AND LATER JUDAISM ; 25. Halakha between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature ; 26. The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the STudy of ANcient Jewish Liturgy ; 27. Reviewing the Links between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah ; VIII: NEW APPROACHES TO THE SCROLLS ; 28. Rhetorical Criticism and the Reading of the Qumran Scrolls ; 29. Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness ; 30. The Scrolls and the Legal Definition of Authorship

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