The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth

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Was Jesus of Nazareth a real historical person or a fictional character in a religious legend? What do the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the origins of Christianity? Has there been a conspiracy to suppress information in the Scrolls that contradicts traditional church teaching? John Allegro addresses these and many other intriguing questions in this fascinating account of what may be the most significant archaeological discovery of the twentieth century.

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Overview

Was Jesus of Nazareth a real historical person or a fictional character in a religious legend? What do the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the origins of Christianity? Has there been a conspiracy to suppress information in the Scrolls that contradicts traditional church teaching? John Allegro addresses these and many other intriguing questions in this fascinating account of what may be the most significant archaeological discovery of the twentieth century.

As one of the original scholars entrusted with the task of deciphering these ancient documents, Allegro worked on some of the most important texts, including the Biblical commentaries. In 1961, King Hussein of Jordan appointed him to be honorary advisor to the Jordanian government on the Dead Sea Scrolls. In his engaging and highly readable style, Allegro conveys the excitement of the initial archaeological find and takes the reader on a journey of intellectual discovery that goes to the heart of Western culture. Allegro suggests that Christianity evolved out of the Messianic theology of the Essenes, the Jewish sect that wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.

This new edition of Allegro's book also contains an essay in which he describes the in-fighting among the scholars assigned to study the scrolls and his thirty-year battle to release all of the texts to the public. Allegro was one of the first scholars to protest the long delay in publishing the Scrolls and to criticize his colleagues for their secretive and possessive attitudes. This issue has recently been the focus of national media coverage, with the result that after forty years, open access to all of the Dead Sea Scrolls has finally been permitted.

If he had lived to see it, John Allegro would have been very pleased by this resolution of the controversy. In the same spirit of free inquiry that Allegro championed, Prometheus is reissuing his book in paperback to encourage open discussion of these important ancient texts.

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American Rationalist
Well-documented...a must for those interested in the origins of Christianity.
Booknews
The late Near Eastern and Old Testament scholar lambasts his colleagues in the original deciphering of the Dead Sea Scrolls for their parochial interpretations and their refusal to allow the public access to the texts. First published in Britain in 1979; the American edition has a new preface. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879757571
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 834,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Foreword
Preface to the Second Revised Edition
Preface to the First Revised Edition 1
Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 9
1 The Essene Library 17
2 The Lion of Wrath 31
3 Secacah in Galilee 44
4 Judgement and Hell-fire 62
5 Joshua, Son of Nun, and the Teacher of Righteousness 76
6 Mortal Teacher to Immortal Christ 94
7 The Celibate Ideal 107
8 The Love Feast 120
9 The Noble Lie 137
10 Tyre, Once Proud City 152
11 Helen, the Harlot of Tyre, and Light of the World 167
12 The Day-spring from on High 177
13 'Will the real Jesus Christ please stand up?' 190
14 'And on this Rock...' 204
15 Know Thyself 223
Appendix 1: 4Q Therapeia 235
Appendix 2 241
Index 245
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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    The man was a God Sent!

    The man was a God Sent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Dead Sea Scrolls, Not Dead Yet

    This book good. These scrolls are really really really old and are good too. They say good things that are not in the Bible, and are different. I like the dead sea scrolls. They are good.

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