Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered

Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered

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by Robert H. Eisenman, Michael Wise
     
 

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Placed in caves almost 2,000 years ago & not discovered until 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have enthralled academics, religious leaders, & laypeople alike for decades. Wrested from the control of an elite clique in 1991, the scrolls are now available to the general public. In this groundbreaking book the authors present precise English translations of 50 key documents… See more details below

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Placed in caves almost 2,000 years ago & not discovered until 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have enthralled academics, religious leaders, & laypeople alike for decades. Wrested from the control of an elite clique in 1991, the scrolls are now available to the general public. In this groundbreaking book the authors present precise English translations of 50 key documents withheld for over 35 years. Here is nothing less than the literature of the Messianic Movement in Palestine, complete with an alternative presentation of the flood story, ecstatic visions, prophecies, mysteries, divinations, & much more.

Providing a unique insight into Jewish and Christian origins, the translations are accompanied by incisive commentaries aimed at both scholars & general readers. B&W illus. 286pp.

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Library Journal
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 Specifically, attention is focused upon the importance of previously unpublished texts in reconstructing the history of early Christianity.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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ISBN-13:
9781852303686
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.09(d)

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