The Dead Sea Scrolls

Texts and Context


This volume presents the proceedings of an international conference of the same title held at the University of Birmingham in 2007. The contributors are drawn from the ranks of leading international specialists in the field writing alongside promising younger scholars. The volume includes studies on the contribution of the Scrolls to Second Temple Jewish history, the archaeological context, the role of the temple and its priesthood, as well as treatments on selected texts and issues. These proceedings offer a timely and up to date assessment of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the material remains unearthed at Qumran in their wider context and not infrequently challenge prevailing lines of interpretation.

Helen Jacobus has won the Sean Dever Memorial Prize with her contribution to this volume. Commenting on the Dever prize, Professor Carol Meyers of Duke University, North Carolina, said: “The judges thought highly of Helen’s meticulous scholarship and careful presentation of the data in her discussion of the zodiac and its role in Jewish calendars.”

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Charlotte Hempel, Ph.D. (1995), University of London, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. She has publised extensively on the Dead Sea Scrolls including The Laws of the Damascus Document (Brill, 1998; repr. SBL, 2006).
This is truly a demonstration of the dynamism of modern Qumran scholarship.
Deborah Rooke, JSOT 2013

This collection testifies to a tendency in current scholarship (an admirable one, in my opinion) to embrace that complexity, to resist easy answers and to tolerate uncertainty. As such, the studies included here raise issues and model approaches that will continue to shape study of the Scrolls for years to come.
Molly Zahn, DSD

This volume will provide scholars with a new vantage point from which to consider the corpus of texts from Qumran. Its strength lies firstly, in opening new material and textual areas for further discussion, and secondly, in challenging several of the existing assumptions that potentially distort, or oversimplify, the complexity of the scrolls and their origins. It is also set to become a much-cited resource in refining the more general, impressions of the texts and their provenance.
Shani Tzoref, Strata

The authors make for a veritable “who’s who” in the world of Qumran scholars [...] This volume contains excellent articles that provide stimulating reflections on earlier phases in Qumran scholarship and also offer new insights that significantly contribute to advancing the field.
Cecilia Wassen, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 2014
Contributors include: Albert I. Baumgarten, George J. Brooke, Philip Davies, Torleif Elgvin, Hanan Eshel, Heinz-Joseph Fabry, Florentino García Martínez, Martin Goodman, Charlotte Hempel, Vered Hillel, Bernard Jackson, Helen Jacobus, Jodi Magness, Dennis Mizzi, Vered Noam, Eyal Regev, Lawrence Schiffman, Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, Michael E. Stone, Joan E. Taylor, and Hanne von Weissenberg
All those interested in early Jewish history, literature, and archaeology, especially the Second Temple period and early Christianity, especially students, specialists, institutes and academic libraries in the fields of Jewish studies, theology, and biblical studies.
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