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The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea

Joan E. Taylor


Ever since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves near the site of Qumran in 1947, this mysterious cache of manuscripts has been associated with the Essenes, a ‘sect’ configured as marginal and isolated. Scholarly consensus has held that an Essene library was hidden ahead of the Roman advance in 68 CE, when Qumran was partly destroyed. With much doubt now expressed about aspects of this view, the book systematically reviews the surviving historical sources, and supports an understanding of the Essenes as an influential legal society, at the centre of Judaean religious life, held in muc ... More

Keywords: Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Essenes, Herodians, Dead Sea, Herod the Great

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199554485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan E. Taylor, author
Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism, King's College London