The Dead Sea Scrolls - Revised Edition: A New Translation

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Harper Collins, Oct 25, 2005 - Religion - 688 pages
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A fully revised and updated edition of our translation of the complete Dead Sea Scrolls, making it the definitive translation of the Scrolls in English.

With new texts, updated introductions, a glossary of terms, and other new additions, this will become the definitive translation of the Scrolls, and the lead companion to our other Dead Sea Scrolls Guides: The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible.

 

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Addressing the first review:
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"This "translation" makes the same fundamental mistakes of all English texts, the major one being the replacement of Gods one and only name (YAHOWAH), with the title
of the adversary, "THE LORD". If the authors of this "translation" were truly honest with themselves, they should be ashamed. "
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Often, English translations of Hebrew Bible signify the deity's personal name, YHWH, with an all-capital "THE LORD". However, not all biblical, apocryphal, or pseudographical texts use this personal name every time (eg. Exodus 6:3 "I used to appear to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai, but I did not make myself known to them by my name YHWH"), but instead use other "names" or titles, including El Shaddai (often translated as "God Almighty"), Elohim (often translated as "Lord", no all-caps), and (debatably) Elyon (often translated as "the Most High [God]").
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Also, "the adversary" (referring to Satan, I presume) is an oft retrojected concept onto older Hebrew texts. Hebrew Bible does not contain a devil figure-- the word STN does occur a few times, but strictly as an improper noun, not a name. Later texts (including the Christian New Testament) influenced by Persian and Hellenistic dualism do refer to a "devil" figure in opposition to the deity. The Dead Sea Scrolls collection includes works both ancient and from the Common Era, so notions of a "devil" figure may well be textual-- However, it should not be taken as a given!
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This Revised Edition of the DSS collection is invaluable for Religious Studies scholarship-- I have found it thoroughly adequate, informative, and richly-resourced. This is an enormous collection of texts and all of these scholars should be highly commended.
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TL;DR: Attempts to enmesh academic and homiletic/religious valuations of this text do a disservice to both perspectives. Furthermore, this edition is objectively not in error in the ways the previous commenter stated. This book is a very valuable resource.
 

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This "translation" makes the same fundamental mistakes of all English texts, the major one being the replacement of Gods one and only name (YAHOWAH), with the title of the adversary, "THE LORD". If the authors of this "translation" were truly honest with themselves, they should be ashamed. 

Contents

Introduction
3
CONTENTS
11
A Dead Sea Scrolls Timeline
36
How to Read This Book
44
A Commentary on Habakkuk 1QpHab
79
A Commentary on Micah 1Q14
88
The Words of Moses 1Q22
105
Charter of a Jewish Sectarian Association
112
Priestly Service on the Passover 4Q329a
407
A Liturgical Calendar 4Q334
408
False Prophets in Israel 4Q339
409
A List ofTemple Servants 4Q340
411
An Annotated Law of Moses 4Q364365
412
An Apocryphal Law of Moses 4Q368
415
The Inheritance of the Firstborn the Messiah of David 4Q369
416
A Sermon on the Flood 4Q370
418

Charter for Israel in the Last Days
136
Tongues of Fire and Prayer of Praise 1Q294Q3764Q408
144
The War Scroll 1QM4Q491496
146
Thanksgiving Hymns The Thanksgiving Scroll 1QHa1Q354Q427432
170
Festival Prayers 1Q341Q34bis4Q507509
205
A Story About the Exodus 2Q21
209
The Last Words of Judah 3Q7
210
A List of Buried Treasure The Copper Scroll 3Q15
211
Apocryphal Psalms 4Q88
223
A Reworking of Genesis and Exodus 4Q158
224
Ordinances 4Q1594Q513514
230
An Account of the Story of Samuel 4Q160
234
Commentaries on Isaiah 4Q161165
236
A Commentary on Hosea 4Q166167
241
A Commentary on Nahum 4Q169
243
Commentaries on Psalms 4Q1714Q1731Q16
248
A Commentary on Selected Verses 4Q174
254
A Collection of Messianic Proof Texts 4Q175
258
A Commentary on Consoling Passages in Scripture 4Q176
261
An Interpretation of SelectedVerses 4Q177
263
A Lament for Zion 4Q179
267
The Ages of the World 4Q180181
269
A Commentary on Collected Verses 4Q182
271
Wiles of the Wicked Woman 4Q184
272
In Praise ofWisdom 4Q185
274
A Horoscope Written in Code 4Q186
275
Introduction to the Enoch Literature
278
The Book of Enoch 4Q2012024Q204207 4Q2121Q19
280
The Book of Giants 4Q2034Q5305326Q8 1Q232Q26
290
Astronomical Enoch 4Q208211
295
The Words of Levi 4Q2134Q213ab4Q214 4Q214ab4Q5405411Q21Geniza Fragments Mt Athos Greek Text
304
The Last Words of Naphtali 4Q215
314
The Time of Righteousness 4Q215a
315
The Book of Jubilees 1Q17182Q19203Q5 4Q176b4Q21622411Q12
316
A Paraphrase of Genesis and Exodus 4Q225
336
Israel and the Holy Land 4Q226
338
Enoch and the Watchers 4Q227
339
Work with a Citation of Jubilees 4Q228
340
The Vision of Daniel 4Q243244
342
A SecondVision of Daniel 4Q245
344
A Vision of the Son of God 4Q246
346
The Acts of a King 4Q248
347
A Commentary on the Law of Moses 4Q251
348
Commentaries on Genesis 4Q252254a
352
A Commentary on Malachi 4Q253a
357
Ritual Purity Laws Concerning Liquids 4Q274
360
Rule of Initiation 4Q275
363
Ritual Purity Laws Concerning Menstruation 4Q278
365
Ritual of Purification for Festival Days 4Q284
366
Laws About Liquids and Gleaning 4Q284a
367
The War of the Messiah 4Q28511Q14
368
A Liturgy of Blessing and Cursing 4Q2804Q286289
371
The Sage to the Children of Dawn4Q298
375
The Parable of the Bountiful Tree 4Q302
377
A Meditation on Creation 4Q303
378
The People Who Err 4Q306
379
The Phases of the Moon 4Q317
385
A Divination Text Brontologion 4Q318
387
Calendar of the Heavenly Signs 4Q319
389
Synchronistic Calendars 4Q3204Q321a
393
Sabbath Entrance 4Q322324a
398
Fragmentary Historical Writings 4Q322a 4Q3313334Q468e4Q578
399
SabbathMonthand Festival Year One 4Q325
403
Year Four 4Q326
404
Priestly Service as the Seasons Change 4Q328
405
Priestly Rotation on the Sabbath 4Q329
406
Stories About the Tribes of Israel 2Q22 4Q371373
420
A Discourse on the Exodus and Conquest 4Q374
424
The Test of a True Prophet 4Q375
425
A Moses Apocryphon 4Q377
427
Apocryphal Joshua 4Q378379
428
A Collection of Royal Psalms 4Q380381
432
An Apocryphon of Elijah 4Q382
437
A Jeremiah Apocryphon 4Q384 4Q385a 4Q387 4Q388a 4Q389390
439
An Ezekiel Apocryphon 4Q385 4Q385b 4Q386 4Q388
447
God the Creator 4Q392
450
Prayers for Forgiveness 4Q393
451
The Sabbaths and Festivals of the Year 4Q394 Section A
452
4Q394399
454
The Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice 4Q400407
463
A Liturgy 4Q409
476
An Unknown Prophecy 4Q410
477
The Secret of the Way Things Are 4Q4154181Q264Q423
481
An Instruction 4Q419
494
A Commentary on Genesis and Exodus 4Q422
495
A Collection of Proverbs 4Q424
497
Thanksgivings 4Q433a
499
In Praise of Gods Grace Barki Nafshi 4Q434 4Q436437 4Q439
500
A Meditation on the Fourth Day of Creation 4Q440
504
Incantation of the Sage 4Q444
505
In Praise of King Jonathan 4Q448
506
A Fragmentary Narrative 4Q458
507
Fragment of a Lost Apocryphon 4Q460
508
Fragment of a Lost Narrative 4Q461
509
A Meditation on Israels History 4Q462
510
Lives of the Patriarchs 4Q464
512
The Archangel Michael and King Zedekiah 4Q470
513
Assorted Manuscripts 4Q471471a4Q471c
514
The Two Ways 4Q473
515
A Record of Disciplinary Action 4Q477
516
A Prayer for Deliverance 4Q501
517
A Liturgy of Thanksgiving 4Q502
518
Daily Prayers 4Q503
520
The Words of the Heavenly Lights 4Q504506
522
The Songs of the Sage for Protection Against Evil Spirits 4Q510511
526
Redemption and Resurrection 4Q521
530
A Tale of Joshua 4Q522
532
The Blessings of the Wise 4Q525
533
The Words of the Archangel Michael 4Q529
538
The Birth of the Chosen One 4Q534536
539
The Vision of Jacob 4Q537
541
An Apocryphon of Judah 4Q538
543
The Last Words of Joseph 4Q539
544
The Last Words of Kohath 4Q542
545
The Vision of Amram 4Q543548
547
Hur and Miriam 4Q549
551
The Tale of Patireza and Bagasraw 4Q5504Q550ad
552
Aramaic Fragments 4Q5514Q569
554
The Vision of the Four Trees 4Q552553
555
A Vision of the New Jerusalem 4Q5545555Q15 11Q181Q322Q24
557
A Text About the Maccabees? 4Q556
563
A Biblical Chronology 4Q559
564
An Exorcism 4Q560
566
An Aramaic Horoscope 4Q561
567
An Aramaic Text on the Persian Period 4Q562
569
A Priestly Vision 4Q563
570
An Aramaic Translation of the Book of Job 11Q10
577
Songs to Disperse Demons 11Q11
588
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635
Index of Manuscripts
647
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Michael Wise, who is among the foremost young scholars translating the Scrolls today, has been profiled in Time, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is Scholar-in-Residence and Professor of Ancient Languages at Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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