Maccabean Period

Damascus Document, 1st century BCE
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Damascus Document, 1st century BCE

Damascus Document The Damascus Document circulated widely in the Qumran community, as evidenced by the number of fragments of the text found in caves 4, 5 and 6. The contents of these Qumran fragments are also found in two medieval manuscripts discovered by Solomon Schechter in 1896 in the genizah in the Ezra Synagogue in […]

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Books in Brief: The Damascus Document Reconsidered, Hershel Shanks, BAR 18:04, Jul-Aug 1992.
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Books in Brief: The Damascus Document Reconsidered, Hershel Shanks, BAR 18:04, Jul-Aug 1992.

The Damascus Document Reconsidered Magen Broshi, editor (Jerusalem- Israel Exploration Society and Shrine of the Book, 1992) 83 pp., $20.00 This book is a harbinger of things to come. It illustrates the first-rate scholarship that is burgeoning in Dead Sea Scroll research. It also illustrates the cooperative efforts of top scholars working together to make […]

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Carbon-14 Tests Substantiate Scroll Dates, Hershel Shanks, BAR 17:06, Nov-Dec 1991.
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Carbon-14 Tests Substantiate Scroll Dates, Hershel Shanks, BAR 17:06, Nov-Dec 1991.

Carbon-14 (C-14) tests on samples of the Dead Sea Scrolls have substantially confirmed the previous date of the scrolls based on paleography (the shape of the letters), according to two recent reports.1 This general conclusion was announced in a press release some months ago, but when BAR asked Magen Broshi, curator of the Shrine of […]

Temple Scroll Revisited: The Gigantic Dimensions of the Visionary Temple in the Temple Scroll, Magen Broshi, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1987.
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Temple Scroll Revisited: The Gigantic Dimensions of the Visionary Temple in the Temple Scroll, Magen Broshi, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1987.

The Dead Sea Scrolls The Temple Scroll and its contents have already been described at some length for BAR readers by the scroll’s editor, the late Yigael Yadin. Until his untimely death in 1984, Professor Yadin was Israel’s most famous archaeologist.a The Temple Scroll is the longest of all the Dead Sea Scrolls (27 feet), […]

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Temple Scroll Revisited: Three New Views, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1987.
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Temple Scroll Revisited: Three New Views, Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov-Dec 1987.

The Dead Sea Scrolls On June 8, 1967, the Six Day War was at full tilt. The Israel army had taken East Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Within hours, Yigael Yadin, Military Advisor to the Prime Minister and world-famous archaeologist, dispatched an Israeli army officer to the East Jerusalem shop of an Arab antiquities dealer who Yadin […]

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Intrigue and the Scroll, Hershel Shanks, BAR 13:06, Nov-Dec 1987.
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Intrigue and the Scroll, Hershel Shanks, BAR 13:06, Nov-Dec 1987.

Behind the Scenes of Israel’s Acquisition of the Temple Scroll Were it not for the efforts of the man who got Jerry Falwell started in television, the famous Dead Sea Scroll known as the “Temple Scroll” might never have come to light. At least that is the story according to Reverend Joe Uhrig, now semiretired […]

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Books in Brief: The Temple Scroll: The Hidden Law of the Dead Sea Sect, Lawrence Schiffman, BAR 11:04, Jul-Aug 1985.
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Books in Brief: The Temple Scroll: The Hidden Law of the Dead Sea Sect, Lawrence Schiffman, BAR 11:04, Jul-Aug 1985.

The Temple Scroll- The Hidden Law of the Dead Sea Sect Yigael Yadin (New York- Random House, 1985) 261 pp., $24.95 Yigael Yadin, whose name was synonymous with Israeli archaeology until his untimely passing last summer, was well-known for his ability to excite the general public with the results of his research and to transmit […]

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Challenge to Sun-Worship Interpretation of Temple Scroll’s Gilded Staircase, Jacob Milgrom, BAR 11:01, Jan-Feb 1985.
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Challenge to Sun-Worship Interpretation of Temple Scroll’s Gilded Staircase, Jacob Milgrom, BAR 11:01, Jan-Feb 1985.

In “The Case of the Gilded Staircase,” BAR 10-05, Professor Morton Smith attempts to prove that the Temple envisioned by the Essenes had a gilded staircase to reach the roof of the Temple where members of the Dead Sea sect worshipped the sun. As can be expected from Smith’s well-attested erudition, his contribution is informative […]

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Books in Brief: Egyptian and Jewish MSS, BAR 13:03, May-Jun 1987.
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Books in Brief: Egyptian and Jewish MSS, BAR 13:03, May-Jun 1987.

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume I- Texts Edited by Hans Dieter Betz (Chicago- University of Chicago Press, 1986) 339 pp., $39.95 Genizah Manuscripts of Palestinian Targum to the Pentateuch, 2 Volumes Michael L. Klein (Cincinnati- Hebrew Union College Press, 1986) Volume I, 363 pp.; Volume II, 131 pp., plus […]

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Tomb Inscription at Givat Hamivtar
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Tomb Inscription at Givat Hamivtar

Tomb Inscription at Givat Hamivtar Tomb inscription at Giv’at Hamivtar written in Palaeo-Hebrew script (very unusual in the Second Temple period)- “I Abba, son of the priest E/leazar, son of Aaron the high (priest), I, / Abba, the oppressed and the parsec/uted, who was born in Jerusalem, / and went into exile in Babylonia and […]

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