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The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context
Edited by Timothy H. Lim, Larry W. Hurtado and A. Graeme Auld
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What is the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls; and what do we know about the community that possessed them?
This important work situates the Dead Sea Scrolls in their historical context of Second Temple Judaism and the rise of Early Christianity. Expert scholars address the issues in four sections: The Qumran Community; The Qumran Biblical Texts and the Masoretic Text; Sectarian Law and Normative Jewish Law; and The Theology of the Qumran Community, Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity.
Avoiding both popular sensationalism and specialist technical language, this book aims to integrate all the latest findings about the scrolls into existing knowledge of the period and to advance understanding of many specific issues in Qumran studies in a scholarly and accessible way.
The 'state of the art' in international scrolls scholarship, this book includes contributions from:
E. P. Sanders
J. Ian MacDonald
Eugene C. Ulrich
Julio Trebolle Barrera
George J. Brooke
Lawrence H. Schiffman
James C. VanderKam
John J. Collins
Philip R. Davies
James C. Davila.
"A first-rate collection of essays by first-rate scholars. The broad programmatic essays of Sanders, Ulrich, Schiffman, and Collins locate the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Dead Sea community within Jewish society and religion of the late second temple period. The other essays successfully illuminate specific aspects of the scrolls. This is an excellent book."
—Professor Shaye J. D. Cohen, Brown University
"Timothy Lim has brought together in this book contributions by some of the most influential Qumran scholars in which they tackle an issue of much importance in Dead Sea Scrolls research."
— Professor Martin Goodman, University of Oxford
"This is an extremely valuable collection of articles presenting fresh and original approaches to most aspects of Qumran research."
—Professor Emanuel Tov, Editor-in-Chief,Dead Sea Scrolls publication project
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About the Editors
Timothy H Lim is Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Larry Hurtado is Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, University of Edinburgh. A. Graeme Auld is Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Edinburgh.
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