The essays in this volume originate from the Third Qumran Institute Symposium held at the University of Groningen, December 2013. Taking the flexible concept of "cultural encounter" as a starting point, the essays in this volume bring together a panoply of approaches to the study of various cultural interactions between the people of ancient Israel, Judea, and Palestine and people from other parts of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world.
In order to study how cultural encounters shaped historical development, literary traditions, religious practice and political systems, the contributors employ a broad spectrum of theoretical positions (e.g., hybridity, metissage, frontier studies, postcolonialism, entangled histories and multilingualism), to interpret a diverse set of literary, documentary, archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, and iconographic sources.
Mladen Popovic, Ph.D. (2006), University of Groningen, is Professor of Old Testament and Early Judaism and Director of the Qumran Institute at the University of Groningen. He is the author of Reading the Human Body (Brill, 2007) and the editor of Authoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judaism (Brill, 2010) and The Jewish Revolt against Rome (Brill, 2011).
Myles Schoonover is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at the University of Groningen. His dissertation is focused on the cultural contingency of the LXX and its receptions.
Marijn Vandenberghe is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Gent and University of Groningen. He works on the historiography of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.