The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls altered our understanding of the development of the biblical text, the history and literature of Second Temple Judaism, and the thought of the early Christian community. Questions continue to surround the relationship between the caves in which the scrolls were found and the nearby settlement at Khirbet Qumran.
In Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran, Sidnie White Crawford combines the conclusions of the first generation of scrolls scholars that have withstood the test of time, new insights that have emerged since the complete publication of the scrolls corpus, and the much more complete archaeological picture that we now have of Khirbet Qumran. She creates a new synthesis of text and archaeology that yields a convincing history of and purpose for the Qumran settlement and its associated caves.
It is a pleasure to offer strong praise for Sidnie White Crawford’s Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran. In it she offers a compelling case that Qumran and the nearby caves served as the scribal center and central library for the Essene ‘wing’ of Judaism. She supports her thesis with thorough, up-to-date studies of scribes and libraries, the scrolls, their owners, and the archaeological evidence. The result is a comprehensive and appealing theory advanced by a scholar of unquestioned expertise in the field.
—James C. VanderKam, University of Notre Dame
This volume, by a leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, looks at the Dead Sea Scrolls and the site of Qumran from the perspective of the study of ancient books and libraries, an approach that results in important new proposals regarding the function of the site, the various caves, and the history of the collection. This novel approach will make this a must-read for anyone interested in the scrolls and their importance for the history of Judaism and the background of Christianity.
—Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University
Crawford proposes that Qumran functioned as an Essene library and scribal center, based on a comprehensive and balanced analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the archaeological remains. Her highly readable and up-to-date overview will serve as a basic resource for scholars as well as an excellent introduction to the field for nonspecialists.
—Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Sidnie White Crawford is the Willa Cather Professor of Biblical Studies Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Dr. Dan D. Crawford, and their cat, Mollie.