The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents Withheld for Over 35 Years

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Penguin Books, 1993 - Religion - 286 pages
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"For the first time the public will be able to see the most interesting and exciting texts from the unpublished corpus and judge for itself.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 presentation of the flood story, ecstatic visions, prophecies, Mysteries, astrology, divination, and much more." "This is nothing less than the literature of the Messianic Movement in Palestine. Responsible for the uprising that led to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, its later stages are virtually indistinguishable from the rise of Christianity in Palestine. Professors Eisenman's and Wise's research will go a long way towards solving the problem of the Scrolls in the context of Jewish history of the period and shed new light on the formation of early Christianity."--Jacket.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A translation of the dead sea scrolls, which suffers from a good deal of pedantry. It's interesting for what you can learn about religious history, but overall, many of the scrolls appear to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - davidpwithun - LibraryThing

Now that all of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been published, this book is pretty much pointless. And Eisenman's theories are a stretch, to say the least. Read full review



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About the author (1993)

Robert Eisenman is the author of several books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Christian history. He is currently Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University, Long Beach, and is a Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford, England. He was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and a U.S. Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, where the Dead Sea Scrolls first came in. He was the leader of the 1987-1992 worldwide campaign to break the academic monopoly over the Dead Sea Scrolls, freeing them for research by all interested persons, regardless of affiliation or credentials.
In his twenties, Eisenman was one of the earliest young American "spiritual tourists" and overland backpackers to India. He lived in the Beat Hotel, Paris (1959-1960), while William Burroughs was in residence there; and traveled through Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India while writing the poems of "The New Jerusalem" in his notebook.

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