This volume contains 27 articles divided into four different categories: The Qumran Library (nine articles); The History of the Qumran Community
(one article); Themes in the Qumran Literature (five articles); and Texts from Qumran (twelve articles).
The second section of essays turns to issues like whether John the Baptist was a member of the Qumran community
, rhetoric and persuasion in the wisdom of King Solomon, dialectics in its Talmudic and Hellenistic contexts, "ancient science fiction" in ancient stories about journeying into space, prophecy in the Torah, and more.
In many cases, she draws specific contrasts between standard practices in Hellenistic and first-century Judaism and the more restrictive character of the Qumran community
The Temple Scroll was written before the Qumran Community
Part 4 ("Dead Sea Scrolls") speaks to separateness within and without the Qumran community
Beyond the Qumran Community
: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls" focuses on the Qumran community
focusing on the periods and the origins of the texts that have fueled much of the research surrounding the scrolls.
More recently, soil research has figured prominently in the discovery of a latrine outside Qumran, which, according to researchers, may indicate that the Qumran community
strictly followed the sanitary practices mentioned in Deuteronomy and in the scrolls.
Undoubtedly, the Damascus Document is one of the most important sources of information on the early history of the Qumran community
, and therefore a vital source for an assessment of Qumran covenanters' attitudes towards the Jerusalem temple.
These were none other than the Qumran community
of Covenanters, who rejected the dates of the Jewish festivals and fixed them according to their own calendar.
The grace of wilderness is not only hugely significant in Scripture for everybody from Abraham on down to John the Baptist and Jesus, but what on earth do we think was going on in the desert with the Essene community and the Qumran community
at the time of Jesus?
The Dead Sea Scrolls, however, contain numerous documents that attest to the practice within the Qumran community
of what many modern scholars would classify as magic, divination, and exorcism.
Research so far leads scholars to believe that the scrolls may still shed much new light not just on the Qumran Community
or the Essenes in general but on the history of Judaism.