The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State
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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State  -     By: Hanan Eshel

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Paperback

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Eshel's important study has now been translated into English. Shedding new light on what we can learn from the Qumran scrolls about political history, Eshel offers a summary of events that occurred between 140 B.C.E. and 37 B.C.E. and goes on to defend the accuracy of Josephus's account of the Hasmonean era. Includes updated bibliography. 216 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Title: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State
By: Hanan Eshel
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0802862853
ISBN-13: 9780802862853
Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
Stock No: WW862853

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State is the first book dedicated solely to the question of how we can learn political history from the Qumran scrolls. This English edition of Hanan Eshel's 2004 Hebrew publication updates that earlier work with more recent scholarship, now also including English-language resources.

Author Bio

Hanan Eshel was associate professor in the Department ofLand of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-IlanUniversity, Ramat Gan, Israel. He published extensively onthe Dead Sea Scrolls and conducted many excavations at bothQumran and the Refuge Caves used by Jews during the BarKokhba Revolt.

Editorial Reviews

John J. Collins
— Yale University
"Hanan Eshel has rendered a service to scholarship by pulling together all the historical references in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Many of the passages in question are highly fragmentary or otherwise controversial. Eshel is at his best in detecting historical allusions in fragmentary texts. This book will be grist for the mills of scholarship for years to come."

James C. VanderKam
— University of Notre Dame
"Though reporting history does not happen very often in the Dead Sea Scrolls, they do at times reflect what was happening in the larger world of their time. Hanan Eshel, both a scrolls scholar and an expert archaeologist, has assembled and analyzed in comprehensive fashion a series of texts in which the authors offer their perspective on events involving the Hasmonean rulers. The book, happily now available in an updated English version, is clear, compelling, and enlightening."

Lawrence H. Schiffman
— New York University
"Eshel's masterful treatment investigates the historical relevance of the Qumran scrolls to the study of Hasmonean history, while showing at the same time that the scrolls themselves cannot be understood without detailed knowledge of the historical context. This volume carefully demonstrates the interrelationship of historical and literary approaches to the scrolls while breaking new ground in understanding numerous Dead Sea texts."

Journal of Ancient Judaism 
"In this study, Eshel discovers information in various Qumran manuscripts that corroborates Josephus’s account about the Hellenistic religious reforms. . . . A seminal study on the history of Hasmonean Judah."
 

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