The Dead Sea Scrolls after Fifty Years is being published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the first scrolls at Qumran. The two-volume set contains a comprehensive set of cutting-edge articles on a wide range of topics that are archaeological, historical, literary, sociological, or theological in character.
Since the discovery of the first scrolls in 1947 an overwhelming number of studies has been published. Now, half a century later, nearly all scrolls found have been published in critical editions, and scholars can begin to assess the true relevance of the scrolls for the study of the Bible, Second Temple Judaism, and Early Christianity.
The contributors to these volumes form an international team of leading specialists in the field. They have written critical surveys of particular aspects of Dead Sea Scrolls research, focusing on significant developments, theories and conclusions, while also indicating directions for future study.
Peter W. Flint, Ph.D. (1993) in Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in Canada. He has published several articles on the Psalms, the Scrolls, and the Septuagint, and is one of the official Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
James C. VanderKam, Ph.D. (1976) in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, is Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame. He has published extensively on the Dead Sea Scrolls and intertestamental literature. He is editorial board member of the journals
Dead Sea Discoveries and
Vetus Testamentum, and editor of several volumes in the
Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series.
Of a good number of anniversary volumes on the DSS this two-volume set is the most comprehensive and probably the most valuable I have examined.' E. Earle Ellis,
Southwestern Journal of Theology, 2001.
Volume II Part V. Selected Topics in the Texts Charlotte Hempel, Community Structures in the Dead Sea Scrolls Michael A. Knibb, Eschatology and Messianism in the Dead Sea Scrolls John J. Collins, Apocalypticism and Literary Genre in the Dead Sea Scrolls Bilhah Nitzan, Repentance in the Dead Sea Scrolls Uwe Glessmer, Calendars Matthias Albani, Horoscopes Philip Alexander, The Demonology of the Dead Sea Scrolls Robert Kugler, Priesthood at Qumran Joseph Baumgarten, The Purification Liturgies Jacobus A. Naudé, Holiness in the Dead Sea Scrolls James E. Bowley, Prophets and Prophecy in the Qumran Scrolls James Davila, Heavenly Ascents in the Dead Sea Scrolls Florentino García Martínez, The Temple Scroll & the New Jerusalem Eileen Schuller, Women in the Dead Sea Scrolls Part VI. The Scrolls and Judaism James C. Vanderkam, History and Identity of the Community/Ccommunities Stephen Goranson, Others and Intra-Jewish Polemic as Reflected in Qumran texts Lawrence H. Schiffman, The Scrolls and Rabbinic Judaism (with an Appendix on Samartitans, Karaites, and Falashas) Part VII. The Scrolls and Early Christianity Craig A. Evans, Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls Hartmut Stegemann, The Essenes in the Gospels? "Herodians", "Scribes" and "Lawyers" Joseph Fitzmyer, Paul and the Dead Sea Scrolls David E. Aune, Qumran and the Book of Revelation Erik Larson, Qumran and Christian Rituals Appendices 1. Distribution of Manuscripts by Periods or Dates 2. Complete Listing of Manuscripts by Q or other Numbers 3. Complete Biblical Index by Chapter and Verse 4. Index of Modern Authors 5. Index of Biblical Passages 6. Index of Non-Biblical Passages