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"Hanan Eshel has rendered a service to scholarship by pulling together all the historical references in the Dead Sea Scrolls.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." John J. Collins - Yale University "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." James C. VanderKam - University of Notre Dame "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." Lawrence H. Schiffman - New York University
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  • Series: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802862853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802862853
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William S. Downer on August 27, 2009
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HEBREW IN 2004 ENGLISH READERS (TRANSLATED IN 2008) CAN ALSO NOW APPRRECIATE DR ESHEL'S ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS INTO THE DSS GAINED FROM ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE WHICH MANY PREVIOUS SCHOLARS, ACCORDING TO ESHEL, SIMPLY HAVE IGNORED (10). ESHEL THEREFORE BELIEVES HISTORICAL NAMES AND EVENTS GLEAMED FROM ABOUT "TEN SCROLLS" (3) GIVE CREDENCE INTO LOOKING MORE CLOSELY INTO THESE MENTIONED HISTORICAL FIGURES (TWELVE IN PARTICULAR) FOR MEANING AND INTERPRETAION OF THE HASMONEAN PERIOD. SO WHILE FOCUSING ON THE PERIOD FROM 170 B.C.E TO 48 B.C.E..HE DISCUSSES SUCH FIGURES IN CHAPTERS TWO THROUGH EIGHT WHO LIVED DURING THIS TIME BY ASSEMBLING VARIOUS AND KEY TEXTS WHICH EVIDENCES HIS POINTS. ESHEL THEN DISCUSSES IN CHAPTER NINE HOW PESHARIM WRITINGS ESSENTUALLY CEASED DUE TO DIFFICULTY IN PROPHETIC INACCURACY (176-177) IN IDENTIFYING "KITTIM" AS WELL AS RISING TURBULENT TIMES GIVING RISE TO HIGHTENED MESSIANIC EXPECTATIONS.

ESHEL FINALLY TIES TOGETHER IN HIS "AFTERWARD" HIS INTERPRETAION OF WHY THE QUMRANIANS CEASED WRITING PESHAREM. IT WAS THEIR "CRISIS OF FAITH" WHICH HAD POSED A "DIFFICULT THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM" RELATING TO BEING WRONG ABOUT THEIR PREVIOUS PROPHETIC PREDICTIONS ON WHO WOULD PERSECUTE ISRAEL DURING THE LAST DAYS. FROM THEN ON ( "SOMETIME BETWEEN 63 AND 31 B.C.E." 179) IN ESHEL'S ESTAMENT, PESHAREM CEASED.THIS GAVE RISE TO ORAL INTERPRETATIONS (187) WHICH CONTINUED UNTIL QUMRANS DESTRUCTION.

WHY DOES ESHEL FOCUS ON THIS TIME FRAME? BECAUSE THE HASMONEAN REBELLION "EFFECTED ALL OF WESTERN HISTORY" AND THEIR VICTORY PROBABLY SAVED "JEWISH RELIGION" FROM EXTINCTION (QUOTING MENAHEM STERN 189).
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