The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective

A History of Research


The volume consists of 27 surveys of research into the Dead Sea Scrolls in the past 60 years, written by 26 authors. An innovation of the volume is that it covers Qumran scholarship in separate countries: the USA, Canada, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Italy and the Eastern bloc. Each essay also carries a detailed bibliography for the respective country. Biographies of all the major scholars active in the field are briefly given as well. This book thereby exhaustively surveys past and present Qumran research, outlining its particular development in various circumstances and national contexts. For the first time, perspectives and information not recorded in any other publication are highlighted.

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Devorah Dimant, Ph.D. (1974), Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor (em.) for Ancient Jewish Literature at the University of Haifa, Israel, has published extensively on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. She has produced first editions of several Qumran scrolls in Qumran Cave 4.XXI: Parabiblical Texts, Part 4: Pseudo-Prophetic Texts (Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXX; Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 2001) .
This volume represents a landmark contribution to Scrolls research. It serves not only as a comprehensive record of the road already travelled but also as a sign post for future directions. It will stand as a significant point of reference for scholars for decades to come.

Joseph Angel, Near Eastern Archaeology 76:4 (2013)
Devorah Dimant , Introduction

Sidnie White Crawford, The Identification and History of the Qumran Community in American Scholarship
Eileen M. Schuller, Research on the Sectarian Scrolls in North America .
Eugene Ulrich, Biblical Scrolls Scholarship in North America
Sidnie White Crawford, “Rewritten Bible” in North American Scholarship
James C. VanderKam, Qumran Research in the United States: The Non-Sectarian Texts
Alex P. Jassen, American Scholarship on Jewish Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Moshe J. Bernstein and Aaron Koller, The Aramaic Texts and the Hebrew and Aramaic Languages at Qumran: The North American Contribution
John J. Collins, The Scrolls and Christianity in American Scholarship
Eileen M. Schuller, Canadian Scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Devorah Dimant, Israeli Scholarship on the Qumran Community
Bilhah Nitzan, Israeli Research on the Ideology of the Qumran Community
Emanuel Tov, Israeli Scholarship on the Biblical Texts from the Judean Desert
Michael Segal, Qumran Research in Israel: Rewritten Bible and Biblical Interpretation
Bilhah Nitzan, The Liturgical Texts from Qumran in Israeli Research
Aharon Shemesh, Trends and Themes in Israeli Research of the Halakhah in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Steven E. Fassberg, Israeli Research into Hebrew and Aramaic at Qumran
Hanan Eshel ז"ל, Excavations in the Judean Desert and at Qumran under Israeli Jurisdiction

Émile Puech, Qumran Research: Contribution of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem
André Lemaire, Qumran Research in France
George J. Brooke, Dead Sea Scrolls Scholarship in the United Kingdom
Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar, Research of Qumran Scrolls in the Netherlands
Florentino García Martínez and Julio Trebolle Barrera, A History of Qumran Scrolls Research in Spain
Jörg Frey, Qumran Research and Biblical Scholarship in Germany
Annette Steudel, Basic Research, Methods and Approaches to the Qumran Scrolls in German-Speaking Countries
Corrado Martone, Qumran Research in Italy
Sarianna Metso, Qumran Research in Nordic Countries
Ida Fröhlich, Qumran Research in Eastern and Central Europe

All those interested in Qumran scrolls, both academic and general public. Especially suitable as introductory volume for general academic readership and thus of immediate interest to institutes, academic libraries, public libraries, specialists and students.
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