Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?: The Search for the Secret of Qumran

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Scribner, 1995 - Religion - 446 pages
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The scrolls have been the subject of unending fascination and controversy ever since their discovery in the Qumran caves beginning in 1947. Intensifying the debate, Professor Norman Golb now fundamentally challenges those who argue that the writings belonged to a small, desert-dwelling fringe sect. Instead, he shows why the scrolls must have been the work of many groups in ancient Judaism, kept in libraries in Jerusalem and smuggled out of the capital just before the Romans attacked in A.D. 70. He eloquently portrays the spiritual fervor of the people who lived and wrote in the period between the great writings of the Hebrew Bible and the birth of the New Testament. Golb backs up his ground-breaking interpretation with a careful reading of the texts and the archaeological findings. Bringing to scroll studies a vast knowledge of ancient history, he describes the scrolls' rich diversity of ideas, and offers a new interpretation of their significance for the evolution of both Judaism and Christianity.

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Contents

The Qumran Plateau 3
31
The Manuscripts of the Jews
43
A Paradigm Reconsidered
95
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Michael O. Wise is professor of ancient languages at Northwestern College. Norman Golb is the first holder of the Rosenberger Chair in Jewish History and Civilization at the University of Chicago, and is a voting member of its Oriental Institute. John J. Collins and Dennis G. Pardee are members of the faculty at the University of Chicago.

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