The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Studies In The Dead Sea Scrolls And Related Literature Series)
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The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most interestingand important archaeological discoveries evermade, and the excavation of the Qumran communityitself has provided invaluable informationabout Judaism and the Jewish world in the lastcenturies B.C.E.^Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumransite continues to be the object of intensescholarly debate. In a book meant to introducegeneral readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here providesan overview of the archaeology of Qumran andpresents an exciting new interpretation of thisancient community based on information foundin the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporarydocuments.^Magness's work offers a number of freshconclusions concerning life at Qumran. Sheagrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlementbut rejects other unconventional views, includingthe view that Qumran was a "villa rustica ormanor house. By carefully analyzing the publishedinformation on Qumran, she refines thesite's chronology, reinterprets the purpose of someof its rooms, and reexamines the archaeologicalevidence for the presence of women and childrenin the settlement. Numerous photos and diagramsgive readers a firsthand look at the site.^Written with an expert's insight yet with ajournalist's spunk, this engaging book is sureto reinvigorate discussion of this monumentalarchaeological find.
Written with an expert's insight yet an easily readable style, this text is certain to reinvigorate discussion of this monumental archaeological find.
Jodi Magness (Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania)is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, and the Roman army in the East, and she has published and lectured extensively on these subjects. She has participated in twenty different excavations in Israel and Greece, including serving as codirector of the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada.
Her works include the award-winning books The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine Visit Jodi Magness's website at www.jodimagness.org. Most recently she has released Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus (Eerdmans, 2011)