In the field of Qumran scholarship, concentration within the Dead Sea Scrolls can seem highly specialized and inaccessible. Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls seeks to make easier access to the complex field of DSS studies by opening an interdisciplinary dialogue, and making methodological discussions accessible to all interested students regardless of academic specialization.
Contributors will introduce readers to a wide range of established and experimental treatments of the Scrolls, including paleography, archaeology, manuscript analysis, and a variety of literary, historical, and social scientific approaches. Taken as a whole, this volume provides a vibrant intersectional picture of DSS studies as it approaches a new decade since its first discovery.
Tools for Our Work introduces readers to a wide range of established and experimental treatments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including paleography, archaeology, manuscript analysis, and a variety of literary, historical, and social scientific approaches.
Written by experts in Dead Sea Scrolls studies, these essays while each able to stand on their own as state-of-the-field discussions together provide a vibrant intersectional picture of scrolls studies on the cusp of its seventh decade.
Maxine L. Grossman is associate professor of Jewish studies and religious studies in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. Her other work includes Reading for History in the Damascus Document: A Methodol
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"This remarkable book introduces a wide spectrum of approaches to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The very definition of these approaches together with the updated analyses make this book an absolute must for scholars and students alike."
George J. Brooke
University of Manchester
"Delightfully full of common sense. The essays are light on jargon but heavy on insight, showing readers how to refresh and rephrase their research questions within a wider interdisciplinary framework and encouraging multiple moves beyond the parameters of traditional higher criticism. The examples used from the Scrolls are judiciously chosen and cover almost every literary genre. Highly recommended for readers of the Scrolls of every generation!"
"With the completion of the publication of the full corpus of the Dead Sea Scrolls, there have been numerous calls in recent years to move forward by drawing upon a wider range of methods and theories than traditionally employed. This volume takes up that challenge. Each of the fifteen essays not only outlines the strengths and weaknesses of one approach or perspective but also applies it concretely to a specific text or problem in Scrolls research. . . These essays will be appreciated for their creativity, interdisciplinary richness, and fresh articulation of old questions."
Loren T. Stuckenbruck
Princeton Theological Seminary
"Among the many collections of essays that have been published on the Dead Sea Scrolls in recent years, this book stands out. . . Several years from now we shall be able to recognize how much this book charted the course of study to come."
Moshe J. Bernstein
"This rich collection of essays succeeds in its deceptively difficult task of addressing multiple audiences from beginners in Dead Sea Scrolls study to advanced scholars in the field. . . Offers readers an unusual opportunity to taste from the full range of flavors that Qumran scholarship offers."
Journal of Ancient Judaism
"In the last decades, the corpus of the Dead Sea Scrolls has become indispensable for the study of the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple, and rabbinic Judaism. This volume makes the methodology associated with this key textual collection easily accessible to both specialist and a broader scholarly public alike."