The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Jodi Magness
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802826873

ISBN-13: 9780802826879

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interesting and important archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran community itself has provided invaluable information about Judaism and the Jewish world in the last centuries B.C.E.

Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumran site continues to be the object of intense scholarly debate. In

Overview

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interesting and important archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran community itself has provided invaluable information about Judaism and the Jewish world in the last centuries B.C.E.

Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumran site continues to be the object of intense scholarly debate. In a book meant to introduce general readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here provides an overview of the archaeology of Qumran and presents an exciting new interpretation of this ancient community based on information found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporary documents.

Magness's work offers a number of fresh conclusions concerning life at Qumran. She agrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlement but rejects other unconventional views, including the view that Qumran was a villa rustica or manor house. By carefully analyzing the published information on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the purpose of some of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological evidence for the presence of women and children in the settlement. Numerous photos and diagrams give readers a firsthand look at the site.

Written with an expert's insight yet with a journalist's spunk, this engaging book is sure to reinvigorate discussion of this monumental archaeological find.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802826879
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature Series
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
1,269,536
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Illustrationsix
1.An Introduction to the Archaeology of Qumran1
Bibliographical Notes16
2.The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Exploration of Qumran19
Bibliographical Notes29
3.The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Community at Qumran32
Bibliographical Notes45
4.The Buildings and Occupation Phases of Qumran47
Bibliographical Notes71
5.What Do Pottery and Architecture Tell Us about Qumran?73
Bibliographical Notes100
6.Communal Meals, a Toilet, and Sacred Space at Qumran105
Bibliographical Notes131
7.Miqva'ot at Qumran134
Bibliographical Notes158
8.Women and the Cemetery at Qumran163
Bibliographical Notes185
9.The Temple Tax, Clothing, and the Anti-Hellenizing Attitude of the Sectarians188
Bibliographical Notes206
10.The Settlements at Ein Feshkha and Ein el-Ghuweir210
Bibliographical Notes224
Index of Authors and Contemporary Historical Figures226
Index of Scrolls, Biblical Books, Extrabiblical Books, and Individual Historical Figures230
Index of Sites and Place Names233
General Index236

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