The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography

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Princeton University Press, 2013 - Religion - 272 pages
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"This is a marvelously readable, informative, and reliable general introduction to everything associated with Qumran, and provides valuable insights into the impact of the scrolls on the Bible, ancient Judaism, and budding Christianity. It is highly recommended as one of the best guides for anyone wishing to approach the greatest Hebrew manuscript discovery of modern times."--Geza Vermes, professor emeritus of Jewish studies, University of Oxford

"This up-to-date and concise handbook introduces readers to profound discussions of theological, historical, and canonical issues, and to the savory details and gossip surrounding the discovery and publication of the scrolls. Written in Collins's original, witty style, the book is a must for anyone who wants to learn about the scrolls, novice and specialist alike."--Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former editor in chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project

"This book is right up to date, and is written by a scholar who has been at the very center of scrolls scholarship for several decades. What sets it apart is Collins's expert and sensible analysis of the theories scholars have crafted about the Dead Sea Scrolls in the sixty-five years since they were first discovered."--James C. VanderKam, author of "The Dead Sea Scrolls Today"

"This is an excellent introduction to the scrolls and a great read. Collins has a distinctive perspective and voice, and writes lucidly and engagingly. His well-known scholarly judiciousness is everywhere in evidence--a virtue in short supply in some areas of scrolls study. There is no other volume that does quite what this one does."--Philip Alexander, author of "The Mystical Texts: Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice and Related Manuscripts"

 

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Both erudite and fair, this accessible text outlines some of the landmarks in the history and impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls. While I wouldn't recommend that it be the only book one read on the topic, it more than suffices as a jumping off point for more detailed investigations. Read full review

Contents

The Discovery ofthe Scrolls
1
The Essenes
33
The Site ofQumran
67
The Scrolls and Christianity
96
The Scrolls andJudaism
147
The Scrolls and the Bible
185
The Battle for the Scrolls
213
Appendix Personalities in the Discovery and Subsequent Controversies
243
Notes
247
Glossary
259
Bibliography
263
Indexes
265
names
267
Places
270
Subjects
272
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About the author (2013)

John J. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. His many books include Beyond the Qumran Community: The Sectarian Movement of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, and The Scepter and the Star: Messianism in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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