This volume contains the papers presented to a symposium organized by the Theological Faculty of the University of Groningen on the occasion of the seventieth birthday of Adam S. van der Woude, former Professor of Old Testament and Early Judaism and former head of the Qumran Institute at the same Faculty.
The essays, eight in English and four in German, explore (through case studies) the developments over the last few years in the different areas of study of the Old Testament and of Early Judaism, observe the new perspectives opened in these areas and map the directions in which the research will be moving in the third millennium.
The volume also includes a German version of the public lecture on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Study of Old Testament and of Early Judaism delivered in Dutch by Van der Woude during the symposium.
Florentino García Martínez is Professor by special appointment of Early Judaism at the Theological Faculty of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he heads the Qumran Institute. He is editor-in-chief of the
Journal for the Study of Judaism and editorial secretary of the
Revue de Qumrân. His latest publications include
Qumran and Apocalyptic (Brill, 1992),
The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated (Brill, 1995),
A Bibliography of the Finds in the Desert of Judah 1970-1995 (Brill, 1996) and
The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (Brill, 1997 and 1998).
Ed Noort is Professor of Old Testament at the Theological Faculty of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he heads the Centre for Religious Studies, and a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. His latest publications include
Die Seevölker in Palästina (
Kampen, 1994) and
Das Buch Josua. Forschungsgeschichte und Problemfelder. (