The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea
Joan E. Taylor
Reviews and Awards
"Taylor brings to bear formidable erudition, and works out her argument with impressive thoroughness." - Robert Alter, The London Review of Books,
"We owe Joan Taylor a great debt of thanks for bringing to life, with such detail and care (and with her own evocative photographs), a community, its setting, and the parts that it played, which have been for so long misunderstood." - Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, Church Times.
"This controversial book is essential reading for all scholars interested in Qumran and the scrolls. It is especially strong in its use of literary and archaeology sources to suggest that Qumrans history extended well beyond the First Jewish Revolt" - Kenneth Atkinson, University of Northern Iowa, Dead Sea Discoveries 20
"This is an excellent book, beautifully and lightly written, and clearly organized. It is packed with a wealth of fresh perspectives on many issues and it is full of helpful information, not least concerning the history of scholarship on all aspects of Essenism." - George Brooke, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester
"This is an erudite book, full of rare information and bold suggestions." - John J. Collins, Journal of Jewish Studies Vol. LXIV No. 1