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The archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Magness, Jodi.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub., [2002]

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x, 238 pages, 36 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
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Magness (early Judaism, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), who has extensive archaeological experience in the area, has written a popular account of the archaeology, meaning, and controversies surrounding the Dead Seas Scrolls and the archaeological site of Qumran where they were found. Without sacrificing content, Magness turns this story into a fascinating page-turner. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Jodi Magness holds the Kenan Distinguished Visiting Chair in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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There's plenty of life left in the Dead Sea Scrolls (or, more properly, their study), as amply demonstrated in this superb volume. An experienced archaeologist, Magness (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) took as her task the complete and thorough reinvestigation of all known archaeological findings at Qumran and their correlation with the textual evidence provided by the Scrolls and by other ancient authorities. The result is a work of wide appeal. Magness affirms some standard scholarly judgments: for example, Qumran was a remote settlement of the Essene sect, largely off limits to women, and the source of almost all, if not all, of the famous Scrolls themselves. Whether she is affirming or modifying (as in the case of phases of occupation and building at Qumran) current opinion, Magness writes clearly and vigorously. Extensively annotated bibliographies round out each of the ten well-organized and well-argued chapters. There are more than five dozen illustrations and four indexes. General readers, in particular, would have benefited from a final chapter that restates and summarizes Magness's authoritative conclusions. With this minor exception, readers could ask for no more. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers through faculty. L. J. Greenspoon Creighton University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Illustrationsp. ix
1. An Introduction to the Archaeology of Qumranp. 1
Bibliographical Notesp. 16
2. The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Exploration of Qumranp. 19
Bibliographical Notesp. 29
3. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Community at Qumranp. 32
Bibliographical Notesp. 45
4. The Buildings and Occupation Phases of Qumranp. 47
Bibliographical Notesp. 71
5. What Do Pottery and Architecture Tell Us about Qumran?p. 73
Bibliographical Notesp. 100
6. Communal Meals, a Toilet, and Sacred Space at Qumranp. 105
Bibliographical Notesp. 131
7. Miqva'ot at Qumranp. 134
Bibliographical Notesp. 158
8. Women and the Cemetery at Qumranp. 163
Bibliographical Notesp. 185
9. The Temple Tax, Clothing, and the Anti-Hellenizing Attitude of the Sectariansp. 188
Bibliographical Notesp. 206
10. The Settlements at Ein Feshkha and Ein el-Ghuweirp. 210
Bibliographical Notesp. 224
Index of Authors and Contemporary Historical Figuresp. 226
Index of Scrolls, Biblical Books, Extrabiblical Books, and Individual Historical Figuresp. 230
Index of Sites and Place Namesp. 233
General Indexp. 236