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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this volume on The Dead Sea Scrolls: Texts and Context, which presents the proceedings of an international conference held at the University of Birmingham in the autumn of 2007, and the arrangement of its chapters. The rationale of the conference was an attempt to reconsider the Dead Sea Scrolls and the material remains unearthed at Khirbet Qumran against their ancient Jewish context. The current academic climate in Scrolls research is one of excitement, openness, and considered reflection in equal measure. Hanan Eshel's contribution to the volume offers an authoritative overview over the discoveries of scrolls and other literary remains in the Judean Desert. It focuses especially on the Qumran texts and the written remains pertaining to the Bar Kokhba Revolt. While the discoveries of Qumran are clearly unique in many ways, scholars continue to discover many subtle connections to the wider Jewish world.

Keywords: Bar Kokhba revolt; dead sea scrolls; Hanan Eshel; Khirbet Qumran; Qumran texts

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