Wednesday, September 26, 2007

IAN WERRETT, my former doctoral student, is publishing his thesis with Brill:
Ritual Purity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Ian C. Werrett


Series: Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, 72
ISBN-13 (i): 978 90 04 15623 4
ISBN-10: 90 04 15623 2
ISSN: 0169-9962

Cover: Cloth with dustjacket
Number of pages: x, 350 pp.

List price: € 119.00 / US$ 170.00

Those who are interested in Second Temple Judaism, ritual purity, the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical interpretation, and contemporary methodological issues in Qumran scholarship.

About the author(s)
Ian C. Werrett, Ph.D. (2006) in Biblical Studies, University of St Andrews, is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Martin's University.

This book represents the first comprehensive study on the concept of ritual purity in the Dead Sea Scrolls since the full publication of the legal material from Qumran. Utilizing an independent approach to the relevant documents from Qumran, this study discusses the primary and secondary literature on the five major categories of impurity in the scrolls (i.e., diseases, clean/unclean animals, corpses, bodily discharges, and sexual misdeeds). This examination is supported by a comparison between the scrolls’ purity legislations and their biblical counterparts. The book culminates with a comparison between the purity rulings in the scrolls and a diachronic reading of the explicit agreements and disagreements found therein. The result is a far more comprehensive and nuanced interpretation than has been previous offered.
Should be out by the San Diego SBL meetings in November. Well done, Ian!