‘Go Out and Study the Land’ (Judges 18:2)

Archaeological, Historical and Textual Studies in Honor of Hanan Eshel


Hanan Eshel (z"l) was a prolific scholar in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls, Classical Archaeology of the Near East and many other topics. During his terminal illness, friends and colleagues got together to present him with a collection of studies on topics that were close to his fields of interest, as an expression of deep friendship and admiration. The volume contains the 22 papers presented to Hanan before his death, covering topics in archaeology, history, and textual studies, with a particular emphasis on aspects relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls, spanning the late Iron Age through late Antiquity.

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Aren M. Maeir, Ph.D. (1997) in Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University and is director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. He has published extensively on Bronze and Iron Age Archaeology of the Levant, including In the Midst of the Jordan: The Jordan Valley in the Middle Bronze Age - Archaeological and Historical Correlates (Vienna, 2010)

Jodi Magness, Ph.D. (1989) in Classical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania, is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published extensively on the archaeology of Qumran, Jerusalem, ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, and the Roman army in the East.

Lawrence H. Schiffman is Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. His latest book is Qumran and Jerusalem: Studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism (Eerdmans, 2010).
Dan B. Barag, Alexander Jannaeus – Priest and King
Albert I. Baumgarten, Herod's Eagle
Esther G. Chazon, The Classification of 4Q505: Daily or Festival Prayers?
Lisbeth S. Fried, The Artaxerxes Correspondence of Ezra 4, Nehemiah’s Wall, and Persian Provincial Administration
Betsy Halpern-Amaru, Protection from Birds in the Book of Jubilees
Menahem Kister, Ancient Material in Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer: Basilides, Qumran, the Book of Jubilees
Armin Lange, The Covenant with the Levites (Jer 33:21) in the Proto-Masoretic Text of Jeremiah in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Jodi Magness, Disposing of the Dead: An Illustration of the Intersection of Archaeology and Text
Vered Noam, Josephus and Early Halakhah: The Exclusion of Impure Persons from Holy Precincts
Ze'ev Safrai, An Elusive Sadducean Dispute, with an appendix by Cecilia Meir
Lawrence H. Schiffman, On the Edge of the Diaspora: Jews in the Dead Sea Region in the First Two Centuries C.E.
Brian Schultz, Re-Imagining the Eschatological War - 4Q285/11Q14
Daniel R. Schwartz, Mattathias’ Final Speech (1 Maccabees 2): From Religious Zeal to Simonide Propaganda
Itzick Shai, David-Ben-Shlomo and Aren M. Maeir, Late Iron Age Judean Cooking Pots with Impressed Handles: A New Class of Stamped Impressions from the Kingdom of Judah
Michael E. Stone, The Names of the Rivers
Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Ted M. Erho, The Book of Enoch and the Ethiopian Manuscript Tradition: New Data
Joan E. Taylor, Buried Manuscripts and Empty Tombs: The Qumran Genizah Theory Revisited
Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Gleanings from the Plates of Unidentified Fragments: Two PAM 43.674 Identifications (4Q365 and 4Q416)
Emanuel Tov, Eclectic Text Editions of Hebrew Scripture
Shani Tzoref, 4Q252: Listenwissenschaft and Covenantal Patriarchal Blessings
James C. VanderKam, The Common Ownership of Property in Essene Communities
Boaz Zissu and Emanuel Gass, The Identification of Biblical Achzib at Khirbet ʿĒn el-Kizbe in the Judean Shephelah, and the Origins of Shimon Bar Kokhba
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