Welcome to my website! My name is James M. Tucker. I hold a PhD from the University of Toronto. My research focuses on the transmission and development of law and legal interpretation from the Iron Age into the Second Temple and Rabbinic eras.
My dissertation, From Ink Traces to Ideology: Material, Text, and Composition of Qumran Community Rule Manuscripts takes up a careful analysis of a central group of texts that were discovered in 1947 in the northwest regions of the Dead Sea, commonly known as Qumran. One of these scrolls (1Q28) is among the few scrolls that was discovered nearly in tact. Several other copies were discovered, but are very fragmentary. A comparison of these scrolls and their compositional development open an important window into the issues concerning legal disputes, developments, and authority in the Second Temple Jewish era. I am currently working to revise my thesis for publication into two separate books. One volume focuses on digital humanities and editorial issues related to fragmentary corpora, and the second volume focuses on issues of legal authority in the pre-Rabbinic era.
I currently work at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in the international project, Scripta Qumranica Electronica.