"After Evans's six-page introduction, this volume presents seven essays on identity in Jewish and Christian communities of faith: J. J. Collins on the site of Qumran and the sectarian communities in the Dead Sea scrolls; T. Elgvin on from the earthly to the heavenly temple—lines from the Bible and Qumran to Hebrews and Revelation; D. M. Peters on the scrolls and the Scriptures on the margins—remembered in canons or forgotten in caves; M. A. Chancey on disputed issues in the study of cities, villages, and the economy in Jesus' Galilee; M. Y. MacDonald on children in house churches in light of new research on families in the Roman world; Evans on the family buried together stays together—on the burial of the executed in family tombs; and S. Gibson on the trial of Jesus at the Jerusalem praetorium—new archaeological evidence. Then there are six papers on interpreting the Scriptures in Jewish and Christian communities: G. 1. Brooke on the Dead Sea scrolls and the interpretation of Scripture; K. Bodner on excavating ideas- the Qumran scrolls of Samuel; S. J. Andrews on the oldest attested Hebrew Scriptures and the Khirbet Qeiyafa inscription; J. A. Sanders on Biblia Hebraica Quinta; L. Hurtado on what the earliest Christian manuscripts tell us about their readers; and P. Foster on bold claims, wishfhl thinking, and lessons about dating manuscripts from Papyrus Egerton 2."
—New Testament Abstracts
“This volume explores recent understanding of the way in which the early Jewish and Christian communities of faith functioned and how they defined themselves, as well as how they interpreted their scriptures. The collected essays encompass archaeological, sociological, economic, ritual, and textual discoveries; shed light on these communities of faith; and draw out implications for both the academy and the church today. John Collins, Margaret Y. MacDonald, Larry Hurtado, and James A. Sanders are among the 13 contributors.”