The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Paperback | October 15, 2012

EditorTimothy H. Lim, John J. Collins

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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 ofthe 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 themajority 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 itsrelation 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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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 ofthe first discovery. That occasion was marke...

Timothy H. Lim is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:808 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Current Issues in Dead Sea Scrolls ResearchI: Archaeology of Khirbet Qumran and the Judaean Wilderness1. Eric Meyers: Khirbet Qumran and its Environs2. Rachel Hachlili: The Qumran Cemetery ReassessedII: The Scrolls and Jewish History3. Martin D. Goodman: Constructing Ancient Judaism from the Scrolls4. Michael O. Wise: The Origins and History of the Teacher's Movement5. Tal Ilan: Women in Qumran and the Dead Sea ScrollsIII: The Scrolls and Sectarianism6. John J. Collins: Sectarian Communities in the Dead Sea Scrolls7. Joan E. Taylor: The Classical Sources on the Essenes and the Scrolls Communities8. Jutta Jokiranta: Sociological Approaches to Qumran Sectarianism9. Sacha Stern: Qumran Calendars and Sectarianism10. James C. VanderKam: The Book of Enoch and the Qumran ScrollsIV: The Biblical Texts, Interpretation and Languages of the11. Ronald S. Hendel: Assessing the Text-Critical theories of the Hebrew Bible after Qumran12. Timothy H. Lim: Authoritative Scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls13. Molly Zahn: The Rewritten Scriptures14. Bilha Nitzan: The Continuity of Biblical Interpretation in the Qumran Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature15. Jan Joosten: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek in the Qumran ScrollsReligious Themes in the Scrolls16. Jonathan Klawans: Purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls17. Michael Knibb: Apocalypticism and Messianism18. James R. Davila: Exploring the Mystical Background fo the Dead Sea Scrolls19. Armin Lange: Wisdom Literature and Thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls20. Albert de Jong: Iranian Connections in the Dead Sea Scrolls21. David Lambert: Was the Dead Sea Sect a Pentitential Movement?VI: The Scrolls and Early Christianity22. Jorg Frey: Critical Issues in the Investigation of the Scrolls and the New Testament23. Larry Hurtado: Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology24. George J. Brooke: Shared Exegetical Traditions between the Scrolls and the New TestamentThe Scrolls and Later Judaism25. Aharon Shemesh: Halakha between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Literature26. Daniel Falk: The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the STudy of ANcient Jewish Liturgy27. Stefan Reif: Reviewing the Links between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo GenizahVIII: New Approaches to the Scrolls28. Carol Newsom: Rhetorical Criticism and the Reading of the Qumran Scrolls29. Maxine Grossman: Roland Barthes and the Teacher of Righteousness30. Hector L. MacQueen: The Scrolls and the Legal Definition of Authorship

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Review from previous edition: "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 weknew." --Charlotte Hempel, Biblical Archaeology Review