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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State (Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature) Paperback – July 31, 2008
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— Yale University
"Hanan Eshel has rendered a service to scholarship by pulling together all the historical references in the Dead Sea Scrolls.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."
James C. VanderKam
— University of Notre Dame
"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."
Lawrence H. Schiffman
— New York University
"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."
Journal of Ancient Judaism
“In this study, Eshel discovers information in various Qumran manuscripts that corroborates Josephus’s account about the Hellenistic religious reforms. . . . A seminal study on the history of Hasmonean Judah.”
About the Author
- Publisher : Eerdmans; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802862853
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802862853
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,240,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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).
INTERACTING BETWEEN JOSEPHEUS' STATEMENTS AND THE DSS ESHEL THEREBY SEEKS TO VERIFY JOSEPHUS' HISTORICAL POLITICAL PRONOUNCEMENTS WHILE ALSO VERIFIYING DSS STATEMENTS THROUGH JOSEPHUS' WRITINGS. HIS CONTRASTS ARE INSIGHTFUL BECAUSE THEY HELP TO CLARIFY SO CALLED CONTRADICTIONS AND QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ARISEN BETWEEN JOSEPHUS AND THE DSS.
IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THIS TIME IN MID-SECOND CENTURY EFFECTED WORLD HISTORY SO POWERFULLY ALL STUDENTS OF SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM NEED TO FOCUS ON JEWISH WRITINGS AND HISTORIES WRITTEN DURING THIS ERA. THIS BOOK IS A GREAT SOURCE FOR SUCH A FOCUS!