Debating Qumran

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Qumran has been the subject of recent controversy, with a number of scholars challenging Roland de Vaux's interpretation of the site as a sectarian settlement. In these updated and annotated essays, Jodi Magness examines various aspects of the archaeology of Qumran, including the architecture, pottery, cementery, and coins. She beliefs that de Vaux's interpretation is correct, and that the community that inhabitated Qumran should be identified with the Essenes mentioned in our ancient sources.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The community of Qumran in light of its pottery 1
Ch. 2 A villa at Khirbet Qumran? 17
Ch. 3 The chronology of the settlement at Qumran in the Herodian Period 41
Ch. 4 The chronology of Qumran, Ein Feshkha, and Ein el-Ghuweir 49
Ch. 5 Two notes on the archaeology of Qumran 63
Ch. 6 Communal meals and sacred space at Qumran 81
Ch. 7 Women at Qumran? 113
Ch. 8 Why scroll jars? 151
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