The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Timothy H. Lim

By Timothy H. Lim

In 1946 the 1st of the lifeless Sea Scroll discoveries was once made close to the positioning of Qumran, on the northern finish of the lifeless Sea. regardless of the a lot publicized delays within the book and enhancing of the Scrolls, virtually them all were made public by the point of the 50th anniversary of the 1st discovery. That party was once marked via a spate of significant courses that tried to sum up the kingdom of scholarship on the finish of the 20th century, together with The Encyclopedia of the useless Sea Scrolls (OUP 2000). those courses produced an authoritative synthesis to which nearly all of students within the box subscribed, granted disagreements intimately.
A decade or so later, The Oxford instruction manual of the lifeless Sea Scrolls has a unique aim and personality. It seeks to probe the most disputed concerns within the examine of the Scrolls. full of life debate keeps over the archaeology and background of the positioning, the character and id of the sect, and its relation to the wider international of moment Temple Judaism and to later Jewish and Christian culture. it's the Handbook's purpose right here to mirror on assorted reviews and viewpoints, spotlight the issues of confrontation, and element to promising instructions for destiny study.

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Even if we take into account the many pools subsequently discovered in Israel, though not published, the fact remains that the ritual baths of Qumran Page 8 of 16 Khirbet Qumran and Its Environs represent a disproportionate amount of space and effort for the size of the settlement and point to religious practice as a central component of the life style of the occupants. All the immersion pools, except Loci 138 and 68, have staircases to enter with a demarcating line or ridge in the centre to identify who descends unclean and ascends clean or pure.

Magness suggested that the burial of the hoard belonged to the post‐31 BCE period of Period Ib and that de Vaux's Period Ia materials should be reassigned to the pre‐31 BCE phase of Period Ib (2002: 68). Taylor also offered the very helpful explanation for the poor condition of the scrolls in Cave 4, which she understood to have been the result of the Roman attack on Qumran in 68 CE. On the probability that some members might have resided in ‘the Center’ itself Broshi offered that a dormitory might have existed above Loci 1, 2, and 4, where there is a staircase leading to a second storey that has not survived (2000: 735).

As we have already noted Humbert has proposed that during Period Ia the site functioned as a non‐sectarian agricultural community and only later after 57 BCE, when the site was destroyed by the Roman governor Gabinius, or in 31 BCE after Herod took control of the Dead Sea region and Jericho, did it change over to sectarian occupation (Humbert 1994; Magness 2002: 66). De Vaux associated the three pots of these coins with the reoccupation of the site in Period II whereas Magness linked them to his Period Ib.

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