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Random House, Inc.
A groundbreaking anthology that demolishes the myths -- and reveals the true significance -- of the greatest archaeological discovery of our time.

Ever since their initial discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have aroused excitement, jealousy, and not a little dread among some who feared their contents might undermine the foundations of Judaism and Christianity. For more than 35 years the majority of scroll texts remained the intellectual property of an exclusive coterie of scholars. Recently, however, the Biblical Archaeology Review succeeded in breaking that monopoly.

This path-clearing volume is an illuminating assessment of what these texts reveal about a lost era in the history of two world religions, Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. Were the Dead Sea Scrolls written by the Essenes, an ascetic sect of Jews that may have included John the Baptist among its members? Is the Copper Scroll a secret map to the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple? In what way do these books prefigure the teachings of early Christianity? Additional chapters address the controversies surrounding the Scrolls' discovery and their long suppression -- including the possible role of the Vatican and charges of anti-Semitism on the part of a former chief editor of the official scroll publication team.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Articles by leading scholars discuss the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, their significance for understanding early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism, and the recent controversy regarding access to the scrolls

Blackwell North Amer
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the most important and most exciting manuscript find of the twentieth century. Yet their significance remains inaccessible to most, veiled by mystery and scholarly occlusion. This volume, comprised of articles by the world's leading Dead Sea Scroll authorities, is the essential source book for understanding the scrolls and the controversies that rage around them. The articles, drawn from the Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review, are edited by Hershel Shanks. Shanks is a leader of the international movement that recently succeeded in releasing the scrolls from the handful of scholars who had hoarded the secret texts for more than thirty-five years.
Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls traces the scrolls' often Byzantine path from their initial chance discovery in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds to their status as what Bible scholar Harry Thomas Frank calls "the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century." Cloak-and-dagger antiquities trading, conspiracy theories, and front-page battles over access to the scrolls' secrets all contribute to the intrigue.
This collection addresses the primary questions raised by the scrolls: What do the scrolls tell us about early Christianity and developing rabbinic Judaism? Was Jesus an Essene? Did John the Baptist live with the Qumran community that wrote the scrolls? Is the Temple Scroll the lost sixth book of the Torah? Is the Copper Scroll a map to hidden temple treasure? What do the nearly two hundred biblical scrolls tell us about the development of the Hebrew Bible?
Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls also contains the interview with chief scroll editor John Strugnell that led to his dismissal amid charges of incompetence and anti-Semitism, as well as Shanks's own article that discredits the theory of a Vatican-controlled scroll coverup.
A consensus emerges from these Dead Sea Scroll debates: The scrolls are an incomparable archaeological and historical treasure. They illuminate critical issues in the development of the Judeo-Christian tradition, not bombshells that undermine it.

Publisher: NEW YORK : RANDOM HOUSE, 1992
ISBN: 9780679414483
Characteristics: 336 ; cm


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