Structured by four important themes, the book discusses various aspects pertaining to the interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The first theme is comprised by a number of essays that deal with different aspects of textual interpretation of particular Qumran writings. The second theme centers on the question of historical referentiality. How can the purported referentiality of particular Qumran writings be used in order to reconstruct an underlying historical reality? The third theme includes essays that pertain to different dimensions concerning the methodology of interpretation. The fourth theme focuses on problems relating to the textual reconstruction of specific Qumran texts. In the final section of the book, the perspective is widened to other writings outside the more specific Qumran context.
Anders Klostergaard Petersen received a gold medal for a prize awarded dissertation on Paul’s Understanding of Baptism at the University of Aarhus 1994. He was Carlsberg research fellow at the Institut für Antikes Judentum und hellenistische Religionsgeschichte, Tübingen, from 1995-1998. From 1998-2002 he was assistant professor at the Department of Old and New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aarhus. He is currently associate professor and head of the Department for the Study of Religion at the same university. He has published extensively on matters pertaining to early Judaism, early Christianity, ritual studies, and theorising within the study of antiquity.
Torleif Elgvin is associate professor in Biblical and Jewish Studies, Evangelical Lutheran University College, Oslo. Ph.D. 1998, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Cecilia Wassén is Assistant Professor in the New Testament at Uppsala University. She received her Ph.D. at McMaster University in 2003. Her Ph.D. dissertation,
Women in the Damascus Document, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature (Academia Biblica 21) in 2005.
Hanne von Weissenberg, Ph.D. (2006) in Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki, is Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Department of Biblical Studies.
Mikael Winninge is Associate professor, New Testament Exegesis, Umeå University, since 1996. Additional affiliation: Director of Translation, Swedish Bible Society. Doctor of Theology, Uppsala University, 1994.
Martin Ehrensvärd, Ph.D. (2002) in Semitic Philology, part-time lecturer at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Aarhus. Co-author of
Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts (2 vols.; Equinox 2008).
Contributors include: George J. Brooke, Daniel K. Falk, Esther Eshel, Juhana Markus Saukkonen, Jesper Høgenhaven, Hanan Eshel, Magnar Kartveit, Jonathan Norton, Mladen Popović, Jutta Jokiranta, Cecilia Wassen, Ian Werrett, Hanne von Weissenberg, Torleif Elgvin, Gunnar Haaland, and Håkan Ulfgard
All those interested in Qumran and Second Temple studies. The essays have a particular focus on the textual interpretation of a number of specific Qumran writings, the use of an alleged referentiality of particular Qumran texts in order to reconstruct an underlying historical reality, and various matters pertaining to the methodology of interpretation of Qumran texts in general.