The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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"Details how the scrolls, one of history's great language troves, depict the tumultuous Judean world of 2,000 years ago."—Natural History

Ever since the first scrolls were found in the Judaean desert in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of passionate speculation and controversy. The possibility that they might challenge assumptions about ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, coupled with the extremely limited access ...

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Overview

"Details how the scrolls, one of history's great language troves, depict the tumultuous Judean world of 2,000 years ago."—Natural History

Ever since the first scrolls were found in the Judaean desert in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of passionate speculation and controversy. The possibility that they might challenge assumptions about ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, coupled with the extremely limited access imposed for many years, only fueled debate on their meanings.

With all the scrolls now available in translation, conclusions can be drawn as to the authorship and origins, their implications for Christianity and Judaism, and their link with the ancient site of Qumran. This book, written by three noted scholars in the field, draws together all the evidence to present a fully illustrated survey of every major manuscript.

With numerous factfiles, reconstructions, scroll photographs, and a wealth of other illustrations, it is the most comprehensive and accessible account available on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Editorial Reviews

Archaeology
“Well illustrated. . . . Numerous sidebars describe various technical terms as well as literary, historical, and cultural phenomena.”
Science News
“Richly illustrated texts.”
Arizona Republic
“Loaded with background material, this book provides an excellent primer to what is arguably the greatest discovery of biblical archaeology.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500283714
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 982,377
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronologies and Map
I The Scrolls Revealed
Early Dead Sea Discoveries
The Damascus Document
Editing the Scrolls: The First Fifty Years
The First Editors
II The Ancient World of the Scrolls
The Historical Framework: From Babylon to Bar Kokhba
Jewish Religious Life
Jewish Parties and Sects
III Inside the Scrolls
Making a Scroll
Scripts and Writing Styles
Carbon-14 Dating
Reconstructing a Scroll
Cave 1
The Rules Scroll
The Community Rule
The Rule of the Congregation
The Rule of Blessings
The War Scroll
The Thanksgiving Hymns
The Biblical Commentaries
The Genesis Apocryphon
The Book of Jubilees
Cave 2
New Jerusalem
Cave 3
The Copper Scroll
Cave 4
The Commentaries on Genesis
Targums to Leviticus and Job
The 'Reworked Pentateuch'
Apocryphon of Joshua
Tobit
The Books of Enoch
Other Ancient Works Preserved in Cave 4
The Florilegium
The Testimonia
Ordinances
The Calendar Texts
The Halakhic Letter
The Wisdom Texts
Poetry, Psalms and Prayers
The Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice
Fragments of the Damascus Document
Documentary Texts
Caves 5 to 10
Cave 11
The Temple Scroll
The Psalms Scroll
Melchizedek
Biblical Manuscripts from the Qumran Caves
IV The Qumran Settlement
The Qumran Settlement
Recently Discovered Ostraca from Qumran
Scrolls, Caves and Ruins: Are They Connected?
V The Meaning of the Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Judaism
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity
Who Wrote the Scrolls?
Epilogue
Where to See the Scrolls
Further Reading
Illustration Credits
Index
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