Choice Magazine, Outstanding Academic Book (2003)
"The latest and best discussion of Qumran. . . This book is essential reading for specialists and general readers alike."
"An admirably clear and concise progress report on what is known about this spectacular discovery."
"There's plenty of life left in the Dead Sea Scrolls, as amply demonstrated in this superb volume. . . A work of wide appeal."
"In the half century since Roland de Vaux excavated Qumran, the most important contributions to its archaeology have undoubtedly been made by Jodi Magness. Her erudite, painstaking, and levelheaded research has solved many of its problems. This book of hers is at once a first-rate scholarly work and a delightful read."
Lawrence H. Schiffman
"This book represents the most up-to-date study of the archaeological evidence from Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Jodi Magness has reexamined the archaeological record in great detail and has made judicious use of textual and historical sources to provide a sustained analysis of the highest quality. Finally we have a new study by a highly qualified archaeologist that will put to rest much of the amateurish discussion that surrounds Qumran while also making available to experts the material they need to debate the scholarly issues."
"This volume offers an excellent analysis of the most burning questions related to the archaeology of Qumran and the neighboring sites, and it suggests well-considered and original answers. Written in an extremely attractive way, with both specialists and nonspecialists in mind, it whets the appetite for further study. The illustrations and indexes add much to the clarity of the discussion."
"Jodi Magness here provides the most up-to-date and balanced archaeological profile of the site connected with the Dead Sea Scrolls. With numerous theories floating around, it is refreshing to have available at last a well-researched analysis that is as well-written as it is authoritative. The nonspecialist will find this book easily readable, with all terms clearly explained, while the specialist will find a solid, comprehensive analysis such as we have long desired. "
James C. VanderKam
"In The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls Jodi Magness, the authority on Qumran archaeology, has supplied her most extended statement on the subject. Her analyses of the material evidence and the relevant literary sources are both definitive and a pleasure to read."
"A very learned, sensible, and readable account of Qumran archaeology written by a recognized expert. It will be a most welcome addition to the essential literature on the Dead Sea Scrolls."
From the Back Cover
Like the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, the Qumransite continues to be the object of intensescholarly debate. In a book meant to introducegeneral readers to this fascinating area of study, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness here providesan overview of the archaeology of Qumran andpresents an exciting new interpretation of thisancient community based on information foundin the Dead Sea Scrolls and other contemporarydocuments.
Magness's work offers a number of freshconclusions concerning life at Qumran. Sheagrees that Qumran was a sectarian settlementbut rejects other unconventional views, includingthe view that Qumran was a "villa rustica ormanor house. By carefully analyzing the publishedinformation on Qumran, she refines thesite's chronology, reinterprets the purpose of someof its rooms, and reexamines the archaeologicalevidence for the presence of women and childrenin the settlement. Numerous photos and diagramsgive readers a firsthand look at the site.
Written with an expert's insight yet with ajournalist's spunk, this engaging book is sureto reinvigorate discussion of this monumentalarchaeological find. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.