By Jodi Magness
The useless Sea Scrolls are one of the finest and significant archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran group itself has supplied worthwhile information regarding Judaism and the Jewish global within the final centuries B.C.E.
Like the lifeless Sea Scrolls, although, the Qumran website is still the thing of extreme scholarly debate. In a booklet intended to introduce common readers to this attention-grabbing region of analysis, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness right here offers an outline of the archaeology of Qumran and provides a thrilling new interpretation of this historic neighborhood in response to info present in the lifeless Sea Scrolls and different modern documents.
Magness's paintings deals a couple of clean conclusions pertaining to lifestyles at Qumran. She is of the same opinion that Qumran was once a sectarian cost yet rejects different unconventional perspectives, together with the view that Qumran used to be a villa rustica or manor condo. by way of rigorously examining the broadcast info on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the aim of a few of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological proof for the presence of girls and kids within the payment. a number of photographs and diagrams provide readers a firsthand examine the site.
Written with an expert's perception but with a journalist's spunk, this attractive e-book is bound to reinvigorate dialogue of this huge archaeological locate.