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Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
     

Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Lawrence H. Schiffman (Editor), James C. VanderKam (Editor)
 

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This landmark reference work is the first of its kind. Featuring 450 articles by an international community of scholars it is the definitive account of what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls—their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them.
Discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd, the collection of 800 manuscripts is older than

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This landmark reference work is the first of its kind. Featuring 450 articles by an international community of scholars it is the definitive account of what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls—their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them.
Discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd, the collection of 800 manuscripts is older than any other collection of manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures by almost one thousand years. What do the scrolls tell us about the people who wrote them? What do they tell us about early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism? How do they confirm or contradict what we thought we knew about the Bible?
With contributions from 100 distinguished scholars representing diverse traditions and fields of learning, this volume offers the most comprehensive critical synthesis of current knowledge about the Dead Sea Scrolls—and their historical, archaeological, linguistic, and religious contexts. Written in non-technical language this reference work provides authoritative answers and information for all readers.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The watershed in modern scrolls history a decade ago (when the entire text, whose release had been held up by scholars for years, was finally made available) made it possible for research to proceed at a pace necessary to produce this work. This volume is a current, comprehensive guide to the fruit of 50 years of scrolls scholarship. Alphabetically arranged articles treat archaeological sites, material, and writings as well as ancient beliefs and practices, contemporary history and individuals, related ancient texts, and scrolls research. The articles are extensively cross referenced, and a "synoptic" outline of the contents separates articles by theme. The continuing divergence of scholarly opinion on the scrolls is reflected in the list of contributors and often is evident in the articles themselves. While most of these articles are accessible to lay readers, some may prove to be a challenge. For example, "Mird, Khirbet" contains architectural terms--without explanation--that are likely unfamiliar to nonspecialists. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the EDSS is the lack of illustrations, which may further frustrate lay readers. Minor criticisms aside, though, this volume promises to be a necessary part of academic collections and should be considered for larger public libraries as well.--Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Hyam Maccoby
A team of scholars has now produces this sumptuous and comprehensive Encyclopedia...[it includes] details about thei history of Scrolls research itself, and highly useful, annotated bibliographies are attached to each article. Most of the leading experts have contributed to the compiliation of an indispensable work.
Times Literary Supplement
From the Publisher
"The content of this new resource is wholly unique. These texts require the reexamination of the history of Judaism and Christianity as well as the sources upon which those histories have been based, something that other encyclopedias of Judaism, Christianity, the Bible, and Near Eastern archaeology do not provide.... Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries serving interest in Judaism, Christianity, biblical studies, and archaeology."—RBB/Booklist

"...this volume promises to be a necessary part of academic collections and should be considered for larger public libraries as well."—Library Journal

"This work is the most comprehensive study of the Judean Desert texts to date...The standard reference on the subject for academic and public libraries."—Choice

"...an indispensable reference work...enjoyable to read straight through."—America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195137965
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
1132

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