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Qumran - a Holistic View
“Trans-disciplinarity” regarding Qumran at the Dead Sea in Israel, where an estimated 950 scrolls have been found, reaches far beyond the use of various analytical techniques in a specific domain of physics and/or chemistry, since it also includes other fields of social, philosophical, text critical, historical, optical and conservational character that can shed light on the issue of who were the people that left us the legacy of 2000 year old manuscripts that can be called the backbone of Western Civilization.
The purported people that have been
involved are the “Essenes” and the question is
whether the Dead Sea scrolls found in their vicinity are their cultural
heritage and whether the
Lorentz workshop research consists of a Think-Tank of participating scholars as
well as students in a cross-disciplinary approach to solve pending questions
regarding the archaeology at Qumran that, in turn, is pertinent to the
understanding of biblical and extra-biblical writings of the Dead Sea scrolls
for Jewish and Christian faiths by juxtaposing previously published scientific
data in two volumes of Qumran (*) and various new results in such a way that
the story of Qumran becomes evermore apprehensive.