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The Dead Sea scrolls in their historical context
University of Edinburgh. Centre for Christian Origins.
Publication Information:
Edinburgh : T&T Clark, [2000]

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ix, 309 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Papers from a conference held on May 5-6, 1998, New College, Edinburgh, hosted by the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh under the aegis of the Centre for Christian Studies. (Preface)
Dead Sea sect and other Jews : commonalities, overlaps and differences / Wicked priest or the liar? / What did you go out to see? : John the Baptist, the Scrolls and late Second Temple Judaism / Qumran Biblical scrolls : the scriptures of late Second Temple Judaism / Qumran evidence for a Biblical standard text and for non-standard and parabiblical texts / E pluribus unum : textual variety and definitive interpretation in the Qumran scrolls / Halakhah and sectarianism in the Dead Sea scrolls / Story of Joseph and the Book of Jubilees / Sabbatical chronologies in the Dead Sea scrolls and related literature / Qumran calendars : theory and practice / Place of the Book of Jubilees at Qumran and beyond / Nature of messianism in the light of the Dead Sea scrolls / Judaisms in the Dead Sea scrolls : the case of the Messiah / Branch in the last days : observations on the new covenant before and after the Messiah / Dead Sea scrolls and merkavah mysticism
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What is the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and what do we know about the community that possessed them?

Avoiding both popular sensationalism and specialist technical language, this book aims to integrate all the latest findings about the scrolls into existing knowledge of the period, to advance understanding of the scrolls and the Qumran community, and to explore their wider significance in a scholarly and accessible way.