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Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism (3 vols.)


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Dig into ancient Judaism with this collection of specialized texts. These volumes contribute substantial evidence to the scholarly community on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, and Samaritan studies.

With Logos, your research in these texts is made smarter and easier. Dive into word studies when Aramaic or Hebrew words arise, and follow cross-references to fragments and Dead Sea Scroll documents to their source in your library. Footnotes and references (even extra-biblical references in your library) appear on mouseover, giving you instant access to relevant ancient texts.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes the texts and archaeological evidence left by early Jewish communities
  • Challenges popular assumptions about the Book of Giants, the Samaritans, and the Qumran community
  • Provides rare ancient texts and modern translations

Product Details

  • Title: Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism
  • Authors: Lena Cansdale, Alan D. Crown, and Loren T. Stuckenbruck
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,078

Individual Titles

The Book of Giants from Qumran: Texts, Translation, and Commentary

  • Author: Loren T. Stuckenbruck
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 290

The origin of the legendary Book of Giants has eluded scholars and paleographers for centuries. Did it originate with the Manichaeans in the sixth century? Or do its origins reach back to an age before Christ?

Loren T. Stuckenbruck explores the manuscripts found at Qumran, which attributes this mythical book to independent Jewish sources around the time of the Second Temple period. Stuckenbruck brings his expertise on 1 Enoch to the fragments of the Book of Giants, studying both the published and unpublished fragments, giving this study a wide scope. Hoping to shed light on the Book of Giants as an early Jewish document, Stuckenbruck demonstrates that this writing is to be taken seriously in its own right.

Loren T. Stuckenbruck is professor of New Testament (specializing in Second Temple Judaism) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He was previously the Richard Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and had held the B. F. Westcott Chair in Biblical Studies at Durham University. He has also taught at the University of Kiel in Germany. He has his MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has received numerous research fellowships throughout the years.

Qumran and the Essenes: A Re-Evaluation of the Evidence

  • Author: Lena Cansdale
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 232

The main thrust of the book is an examination of the settlement of Qumran to discover its connection with the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls. In her investigation, Cansdale uses archaeological evidence, the writings of ancient authors (including the writers of the scrolls), the reports of nineteenth-century explorers, and researches in many disciplines up to the present day. She reexamines the concept of Qumran as an Essene monastery where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and proposes alternative functions for Qumran and possible authors of the scrolls. Her examination of Qumran extends over the whole Dead Sea region with particular emphasis on its climate, agricultural activity, and mineral wealth. The ancient trade routes by land and sea are traced and their importance to Qumran is considered.

The book starts with an overview of Qumran scholarship and archaeology and the change in emphasis in Dead Sea Scrolls studies, triggered by the recent availability of the closely guarded fragments. A detailed study is made of the internal evidence of the scrolls in comparison with the Essene belief, the position of women, the practices of various Jewish sects, and early Christian origins. Cansdale challenges some of the well-entrenched theories about Qumran, the Essenes, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Lena Cansdale was a student of Alan D. Crown’s at the University of Sydney, where she studied archaeology.

Samaritan Scribes and Manuscripts

  • Author: Alan D. Crown
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 556

Alan D. Crown provides a guide to the techniques used by the Samaritan scribes in copying manuscripts. He describes Samaritan works by their literary history and shows the more important manuscripts of each type of literature. In addition, he lists the Samaritan scribes and the manuscripts for which they were responsible. The work shows that the Samaritan scribes were innovative but their scribal techniques derived from an ancient pool of scribal habits and ideas, and they had what can best be described as a masoretic tradition of their own. Samaritan Scribes and Manuscripts is a codicology of Samaritan manuscripts and an analysis of their transmission.

Alan D. Crown’s lifelong study of Samaritan issues has fostered yet another important publication in samaritanology.

—Ingrid Hjelm, University of Copenhagen

Alan D. Crown (1932–2010) was emeritus professor of Semitic studies at the University of Sydney, where he earned his PhD. Renowned scholar for Samaritan studies, his primary work was on the Samaritan Pentateuch, and is also known for dismissing the Essene connection to the Qumran site. He received the Order of Australia for his services to higher education.

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