Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls: An Assessment of Old and New Approaches and Methods, edited by Maxine Grossman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. 331 pp. $28.00. This interesting and unusual volume is the brainchild of Maxine Grossman, a leader in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies known for prompting serious methodological reflection among Scrolls scholars. She has gathered together contributions from scholars applying diverse methods of inquiry to the corpus of ancient Jewish manuscripts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, and invited them to introduce and explain their method and the results that proceed from its use. As she states in her Introduction: The purpose of this volume . . . is to bring together a range of diverse perspectives on and scholarly approaches to the scrolls, some addressing issues that are foundational to the field, and some exploring avenues that lead in untested or experimental directions. In formulating their contributions, authors were asked to provide not only an introduction to a given approach to the scrolls, but also a more self-reflective assessment of the limits of their approaches and the potential pitfalls associated with them. (p. 1) Grossman also gives a working definition of method
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