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Title: * Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Author: Magness, Jodi
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802845894
Volumes: 1; Pages: 284
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The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interesting and important archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran community itself has provided invaluable information about Judaism and the Jewish world in the last centuries B.C.E.
Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumran site continues to be the object of intense scholarly debate. In a book meant to introduce general readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here provides an overview of the archaeology of Qumran and presents an exciting new interpretation of this ancient community based on information found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporary documents.
Magness's work offers a number of fresh conclusions concerning life at Qumran. She agrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlement but rejects other unconventional views, including the view that Qumran was a villa rustica or manor house. By carefully analyzing the published information on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the purpose of some of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological evidence for the presence of women and children in the settlement. Numerous photos and diagrams give readers a firsthand look at the site.
Written with an expert's insight yet with a journalist's spunk, this engaging book is sure to reinvigorate discussion of this monumental archaeological find.
1. An Introduction to the Archaeology of Qumran
2. The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Exploration of Qumran
3. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Community at Qumran
4. The Buildings and Occupation Phases of Qumran
5. What Do Pottery and Architecture Tell Us about Qumran?
6. Communal Meals, a Toilet, and Sacred Space at Qumran
7. Miqva'ot at Qumran
8. Women and the Cemetery at Qumran
9. The Temple Tax, Clothing, and the Anti-Hellenizing Attitude of the Sectarians
10. The Settlements at Ein Feshkha and Ein el-Ghuweir
Index of Authors and Contemporary Historical Figures
Index of Scrolls, Biblical Books, Extrabiblical Books, and Individual Historical Figures
Index of Sites and Place Names