This volume contains 15 of the papers read at the Fifth Meeting of the IOQS, celebrated in Groningen 27-28 July, 2004. The meeting focused on the identity formation of the group or groups represented in the Scrolls, explored issues of self-definition of Jewish groups in relation to, or in reaction towards other groups within Judaism (“sectarian” identity, inner-Jewish discourses and polemics), and inquired into the development of Jewish identity vis-à-vis other non-Jewish persons, groups or peoples as reflected in the Scrolls.
Florentino García Martínez, is Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and at the University of Groningen where he leads the Qumran Institute. He is the founder and former Executive Secretary of the International Organization for Qumran Studies. He has written numerous books and articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Mladen Popović, Ph.D. (2006) in Theology and Religious Studies, is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Groningen and acting Director of the Qumran Institute. He is the author of
Reading the Human Body (Brill, 2007) and has published articles in
Dead Sea Discoveries and
Revue de Qumrân.
Contributors include: Philip Davies, Jean Duhaime, André Gagné, Maxine Grossman, Robert Eisenman, Hannah Harrington, Charlotte Hempel, Albert Hogeterp, Jutta Jokiranta, George Nickelsburg, Grant Macaskill, Sarianna Metso, Carol Newsom, Emile Puech and Francis Schmidt.
All those interested in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and of the Judaism of the Second Temple Period, scholars of the Old and New Testament, and those interested in modern literary, historical and social-sciences approaches to the discipline.