Classics and Religious Studies


Date of this Version

December 1996


Published in Bible Review XII (December 1996), pp. 12–14. Copyright © 1996 Society for Biblical Archeology. Used by permission.


A book about gender in the Dead Sea Scrolls is long overdue. For many years, the scholarly consensus that Qumran (where the scrolls were found) was inhabited by an isolated Jewish sect of celibate “monks” made the subject of gender, peripheral at best. With that consensus increasingly called into question, more writers are discovering material about women in the scrolls (see, for example, the excellent work of Eileen Schuller). A book that brings this material together is therefore very desirable. Unfortunately, this is not the book.

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