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Qumran, The Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeological Interpretations and Debates (Proceedings of a Conference held at Brown University, November 17-19, 2002)
Galor, Katharina, Jean-Baptiste Humbert and Jürgen Zangenberg, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2006 pp. x + 308. $153.00

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Studies on the Text of the Desert of Judah, 57

Description: Today, archaeology plays an ever growing role in Qumran studies. Fifteen papers presented in 2002 at Brown University provide the necessary data to break new ground in the recent debate about the character of Qumran. Section I discusses material from old and new excavations that help assess the validity of the traditional Qumran-Essene hypothesis. Part II discusses various aspects of the main settlement such as division of space, the character of period III, the date of the cave scroll deposits and the use of food. Part III deals with the Qumran cemetery and a similar graveyard at Khirbet Qazone. Part IV places Qumran into a wider regional context, concentrating on local agriculture and ceramic production. The articles strongly call for a new awareness for archaeological detail and, in their various ways, instigate a renewed debate about how to bring texts and material culture into a meaningful dialogue.

Subjects: Literature, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Kenneth Atkinson
Published 3/8/2008
Citation: Kenneth Atkinson, review of Katharina Galor, Jean-Baptiste Humbert, and Jürgen Zangenberg, eds., Qumran, The Site of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Archaeological Interpretations and Debates (Proceedings of a Conference Held at Brown University, November 17-19, 2002), Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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