About a month ago I was meeting with my thesis adviser and good friend, Karen Winslow. I asked her if she knew about anything that had been written specifically focusing on the late Second Temple period history and the scrolls. At that point we rummaged through a few titles, but nothing grabbed my attention. Until now. Enter the recently released The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State by Hanan Eshel.
When I found out that it had just been released, I ordered a copy from the nice people at Amazon.com. Well, it arrived today... and it looks amazing. The book is a first of its kind, exploring the political history of the late Second Temple Period, including the latest scholarship from the Qumran scrolls. The book was originally published n Hebrew in 2004, but has been updated and expanded from that original work. For a better picture of the book, here's a listing of the chapter titles:
ONE: The Roots of the Hasmonean Revolt: The Reign of Antiochus IV
TWO: Questions of Identity: The “Teacher of Righteousness,” the “Man of Lies,” and Jonathan the Hasmonean
THREE: The Succession of High Priests: John Hyrcanus and his Sons in the Pesher to Joshua 6:26
FOUR: Alexander Jannaeus and His War against Ptolemy Lathyrus
FIVE: A Prayer for the Welfare of King Jonathan
SIX: The Pharisees’ Conflict with Alexander Jannaeus and Demetrius’ Invasion of Judaea
SEVEN: The Successors of Alexander Jannaeus and the Conquest of Judaea by Pompey
EIGHT: The Assassination of Pompey
NINE: The Changing Notion of the Enemy and Its Impact on the Pesharim
It looks so good... can't wait to dive in.