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A Brief Response to the Reviews of Qumran Revisited by Magness (RQ 104, 2014: 638-646) and Mizzi (DSD 22, 2015: 220)

By David Stacey

Following the publication, on this website, of Qumran and Vicinity: The Caves as a Key to the Enigma by Claude Cohen-Matlofsky I drew attention to certain topics, explored in Qumran Revisited: A Reassessment of the Archaeology of the site and its texts. (2013) BAR International Series 2520 by Stacey and Doudna, which seemed relevant to some of Prof. Cohen-Matlofsky’s arguments as they undermine the Qumran-Essene hypothesis, a hypothesis that nowadays might be considered as ‘fake news’! See complete essay

Deconstructing What We’ve Always Been Told About Qumran

By Gregory Doudna

While, on one level, dates for the stabilization of biblical texts and of deposits of scrolls in caves are issues regarding the assessment of evidence—analyses of archaeology, palaeography, radiocarbon datings, and so on—on another level, there has been a strong continuing influence on scholarly thinking of an underlying story which filters perception of external data. This story is of a single community which occupied Qumran from the earlier part of the first century BCE until 68 CE, when Qumran was destroyed by fire by Romans. See complete essay

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