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The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls



In 1946 the first of the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries was made near the site of Qumran, at the northern end of the Dead Sea. Despite the much publicized delays in the publication and editing of the Scrolls, practically all of them had been made public by the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the first discovery. That occasion was marked by a spate of major publications that attempted to sum up the state of scholarship at the end of the twentieth century, including The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (OUP 2000). These publications produced an authoritative synthesis to which most scholars in the field subscribed, granted disagreements in detail.

A decade or so later, The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls has a different objective and character. It seeks to probe the main disputed issues in the study of the Scrolls. Lively debate continues over the archaeology and history of the site, the nature and identity of the sect, and its relation to the broader world of Second Temple Judaism and to later Jewish and Christian tradition. It is the Handbook's intention here to reflect on diverse opinions and viewpoints, highlight the points of disagreement, and point to promising directions for future research.

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  • Draws together an international panel of thirty experts providing a wide array of perspectives and approaches
  • Engages with ongoing lively debate on these topics and suggests avenues for future research
  • Covers the full range of topics related to the scrolls, including articles on the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran, the cemetery, presence of women, the scrolls’ relevance for the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and New Testament
  • Archaeology of Khirbet Qumran and the Judaean Wilderness
  • The Scrolls and Jewish History
  • The Scrolls and Sectarianism
  • The Biblical Texts, Interpretation and Languages of the Scrolls
  • Religious Themes in the Scrolls
  • The Scrolls and Early Christianity
  • The Scrolls and Later Judaism
  • New Approaches to the Scrolls
Those looking for a thorough and up-to-date analysis of the complex discussion on the Scrolls will want to consult these essays as a clear and helpful guide.


An invaluable resource for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls...an extraordinary collection of articles that meets its objective to reflect diverse viewpoints, highlight ongoing issues, and direct future research. Students, scholars, novices, and specialists will find the OHDSS a welcome introduction and companion to DSS research with its succinct yet comprehensive history of research, expert yet accessible evaluations of critical issues, and nuanced yet uncomplicated methodologies.

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