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Overview

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judean desert between 1947 and 1956 was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. Hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus, the Scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism, and the origins of Christianity. This fully revised edition of the classic English translation by Geza Vermes, the world's leading scholar on the subject, offers an astonishing look into the organization, customs, and beliefs of the community at Qumran. Enhanced by much previously unpublished material and a new preface, this will remain the authoritative translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

LA Times Book Review
Vermes's translations are the most accurate and the most readable, and the format of his volume makes them the most accessible
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Dead Sea Scrolls have generated as much misinformation as information in the 50 years since a young Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon them in the hills of Judea. It is fortuitous, then, that this new edition is an English translation of all the existing Dead Sea Scrolls collected together in one volume. Vermes has been studying and translating the scrolls since their discovery in 1947, and his was among the earliest translations of the scrolls to be published. His goal in this volume is to "disclose the message of these ancient manuscripts about ancient Judaism and to a more limited extent about early Christianity." Vermes's account of the discovery of the scrolls and the events subsequent to the discovery, including political intrigue, makes for fascinating reading. His discussion of the Essene community, whom Vermes believes created the scrolls, the scrolls' meanings for early Christianity and other topics will be valuable to anyone looking for accurate summaries of the fascinating history of the discovery, translation and transmission of the scrolls. The translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls texts follow established scholarly divisions, e.g., "Hymns and Poems," "Calendars, Liturgies, and Prayers," "Apocalyptic Works" and "Wisdom Literature." July
Library Journal
This one-volume translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls joins those of Florentino Garcia Martinez The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated, Eerdman's, 1996 and Michael Wise and others The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, LJ 12/96 and is the latest edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, first published in 1962. In a 90-page introduction, Vermes emeritus, Jewish studies, Wolfson Coll., Oxford briefly summarizes the 50-year history of scrolls research. He presents an overview of the sectarian community associated with the scrolls whom he identifies as the Essenes, its history, and its beliefs. Though dubbed "complete" the preface explains that "meaningless scraps or badly damaged manuscript sections are not inflicted on the reader", Vermes's translation is generally the most selective of the three. This sometimes saves the reader from the possible frustration of line upon line of brackets and ellipses, but it gives a limited idea of the extent of the textual material available. However, the translation is good and has stood as the standard for many years. As with Bibles, libraries should have more than one version of the Dead Sea Scrolls.Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449525
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Geza Vermes’s pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as the first professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of several books, including The Authentic Gospel of Jesus.
Geza Vermes’s pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as the first professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of several books, including The Authentic Gospel of Jesus.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
Chronology
I Introduction 1
A Bird's-Eye View of Fifty Years of Dead Sea Scrolls Research 1
The Present State of Dead Sea Scrolls Studies 10
Qumran and the New Testament 21
Qumran's Greatest Novelty 23
II The Community 26
App.: The Essenes and the Qumran Community 46
III The History of the Community 49
IV The Religious Ideas of the Community 67
List of Abbreviations 91
Note on This Translation 93
A The Rules 97
B Hymns and Poems 243
C Calendars, Liturgies and Prayers 335
D Apocalyptic Works 387
E Wisdom Literature 395
F Bible Interpretation 429
G Biblically Based Apocryphal Works 507
Scroll Catalogue 601
Index of Qumran Texts 620
Major Editions of Qumran Manuscripts 628
General Bibliography 631
General Index 635
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    I read this for a class on Second Temple Judaism, taught by someone who has worked with the Dead Sea Scrolls her entire career (She was a graduate student working under one of the original translators at Harvard). The class was fascinating, as I had no idea how varied Judaism was at the time! We focused on Apocalyptic literature that semester, so I am intimately acquainted with the Books of Enoch, which are fascinating! There were 15 copies of the first Book of Enoch found at Qumran, so it was an incredibly important text for the Apocalyptic community.

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