Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered

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Placed in caves almost 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide a unique insight into Jewish and Christian origins. They have held a fascination over academics, religious leaders, and the lay public alike for the last forty-five years. From 1952, when a team of scholars was appointed and Cave 4 at Qumran was discovered - from which the materials in this book are drawn - they have been under the control of an elite and secretive clique. However, in the autumn of 1991, this ...
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Overview

Placed in caves almost 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide a unique insight into Jewish and Christian origins. They have held a fascination over academics, religious leaders, and the lay public alike for the last forty-five years. From 1952, when a team of scholars was appointed and Cave 4 at Qumran was discovered - from which the materials in this book are drawn - they have been under the control of an elite and secretive clique. However, in the autumn of 1991, this monopoly was effectively broken when the Huntington Library in California announced it would allow public access to its collection of Dead Sea Scrolls photographs. This was soon followed by the publication of a Facsimile Edition by the Biblical Archaeology Society in Washington D.C. Robert Eisenman was integrally involved in both events, and with Michael Wise had been working behind the scenes on the unpublished photographs for some time. Their discovery of a tiny Scroll fragment of six lines referring to the execution of or by a Messianic Leader plunged them into a long-running debate. Scholars previously controlling access to the Scrolls had been publically contending that there was nothing interesting in the remaining unpublished Scrolls and nothing throwing further light on Christianity's rise in Palestine. The conclusions of Professor Eisenman and Professor Wise gainsay and challenge these views. The present work is the result. For the first time the public will be able to see the most interesting and exciting texts from the unpublished corpus and judge for itself. Providing precise English translations and complete transcriptions into modern Hebrew characters, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered makes generally available in a clear and accessible style fifty of the best texts. Accompanied by incisive and readable commentaries aimed at both lay person and scholar alike, these texts provide exciting and ground-breaking insights into Messianism, an alternative p

This groundbreaking volume features revelatory material--available primarily for the first time. These 50 documents cast a startling light on events in Palestine at the dawn of Christianity, alluding not only to doctrines we now recognize as Christian, but also to the precursors of Islam and Jewish Kabbalism. Photos.

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The continuing interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls is due in part to the controversy surrounding their interpretation. Specifically, attention is focused upon the importance of previously unpublished texts in reconstructing the history of early Christianity. Some say there is little or nothing of interest in the remaining fragments; others insist that they are of monumental importance. By far the largest cache of these fragments is the one discovered in Qumran cave 4, from which authors Eisenman (Middle East religions, California State Univ.-Long Beach) and Wise (Near Eastern languages and civilization, Univ. of Chicago) have reconstructed 50 texts. For each text, they have provided a transcription into modern Hebrew characters, a translation, and commentary on the text's significance. Significantly, these documents indicate a close relationship between the Zealot Qumran community and the Jewish Christian community under the leadership of James, the brother of Jesus. While the authors must be given due credit for making more of the scroll material available, their conclusions are tentative. Recommended for seminary and academic religion collections.-- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852303686
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations, Symbols and Ciphers
Introduction 1
1 Messianic and Visionary Recitals 17
1 The Messiah of Heaven and Earth (4Q521) 19
2 The Messianic Leader (Nasi - 4Q285) 24
3 The Servants of Darkness (4Q471) 30
4 The Birth of Noah (4Q534-536) 33
5 The Words of Michael (4Q529) 37
6 The New Jerusalem (4Q554) 39
7 The Tree of Evil (A Fragmentary Apocalypse - 4Q458) 46
2 Prophets and Pseudo-Prophets 51
8 The Angels of Mastemoth and the Rule of Belial (4Q390) 53
9 Pseudo-Jeremiah (4Q385) 57
10 Second Ezekiel (4Q385-389) 59
11 Pseudo-Daniel (4Q243-245) 64
12 The Son of God (4Q246) 68
13 Vision of the Four Kingdoms (4Q547) 71
3 Biblical Interpretation 75
14 A Genesis Florilegium (4Q252) 77
15 Joshua Apocryphon (4Q522) 89
16 A Biblical Chronology (4Q559) 92
17 Hur and Miriam (4Q544) 93
18 Enochic Book of Giants (4Q532) 95
19 Pseudo-Jubilees (4Q227) 96
20 Aramaic Tobit (4Q196) 97
21 Stories from the Persian Court (4Q550) 99
4 Calendrical Texts and Priestly Courses 106
22 Priestly Courses I (4Q321) 109
23 Priestly Courses II (4Q320) 116
24 Priestly Courses III - Aemilius Kills (4Q323-324A-B) 119
25 Priestly Courses IV (4Q325) 127
26 Heavenly Concordances (Otot - 4Q319A) 128
5 Testaments and Admonitions 135
27 Aramaic Testament of Levi (4Q213-214) 136
28 A Firm Foundation (Aaron A - 4Q541) 142
29 Testament of Kohath (4Q542) 145
30 Testament of Amram (4Q543, 545-548) 151
31 Testament of Naphtali (4Q215) 156
32 Admonitions to the Sons of Dawn (4Q298) 160
33 The Sons of Righteousness (Proverbs - 4Q424) 166
34 The Demons of Death (Beatitudes - 4Q525) 168
6 Works Reckoned as Righteousness - Legal Texts 180
35 The First Letter on Works Reckoned as Righteousness (4Q394-398) 182
36 The Second Letter on Works Reckoned as Righteousness (4Q397-399) 196
37 A Pleasing Fragrance (Halakhah A - 4Q251) 200
38 Mourning, Seminal Emissions, etc. (Purity Laws Type A - 4Q274) 205
39 Laws of the Red Heifer (Purity Laws Type B - 4Q276-277) 210
40 The Foundations of Righteousness (The End of the Damascus Document: An Excommunication Text - 4Q266) 212
7 Hymns and Mysteries 221
41 The Chariots of Glory (4Q286-287) 222
42 Baptismal Hymn (4Q414) 230
43 Hymns of the Poor (4Q434, 436) 233
44 The Children of Salvation (Yesha) and The Mystery of Existence (4Q416, 418) 241
8 Divination, Magic and Miscellaneous 256
45 Brontologion (4Q318) 258
46 A Physiognomic Text (4Q561) 263
47 An Amulet Formula Against Evil Spirits (4Q560) 265
48 The Era of Light is Coming (4Q462) 267
49 He Loved His Bodily Emissions (A Record of Sectarian Discipline - 4Q477) 269
50 Paean for King Jonathan (Alexander Jannaeus - 4Q448) 273
Index 282
Plates 287
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    This book is absolutely fantastic. You will want to have a new updated Bible when you read this as well as some of the apocryphal writings. You will want to make comparisons between what is written in this book in relation to the others. I found it extremely enlightning and allows one to visualize how the different groups actually interacted on the ground in dealing with each other and the variances between belief systems. Very intriguing! Very thought provoking! If one already is familiar with the history of the period involving the nations involved as well as leaders, things begin to get crystal clear. One wonders how much more we do not know that might yet be found. Why do some groups deliberately attempt to suppress new information? I highly recommend the book. Don't miss it. Read it slowly and compare reference citations to other material. You will be far wiser for having done so.

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    these is a must read book

    this book will in light to the better way to be and help u understand the teaching's of the old way.. i loved this book and i think u will to.

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