Dead Sea Scrolls Deception

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 12, 1993 - Religion - 288 pages
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The oldest Biblical manuscripts in existence, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near Jerusalem in 1947, only to be kept a tightly held secret for nearly fifty more years, until the Huntington Library unleashed a storm of controversy in 1991 by releasing copies of the Scrolls. In this gripping investigation authors Baigent and Leigh set out to discover how a small coterie of orthodox biblical scholars gained control over the Scrolls, allowing access to no outsiders and issuing a strict "consensus" interpretation. The authors' questions begin in Israel, then lead them to the corridors of the Vatican and into the offices of the Inquisition. With the help of independent scholars, historical research, and careful analysis of available texts, the authors reveal what was at stake for these orthodox guardians: The Scrolls present startling insights into early Christianity -- insights that challenge the Church's version of the "facts." More than just a dramatic exposť of the intrigues surrounding these priceless documents, The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception presents nothing less than a new, highly significant perspective on Christianity.

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A conspiracy! Yeah, that's it! A conspiracy! Bull. Anyone who has an interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls should read summaries of them or Millar Burrows book first. Then you may appreciate it for its bluster. It is clearly biased against the Roman Catholic Church. Read full review

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This emotional account of the events surrounding the discovery and translation of the scrolls attempts to uncover the theological and political efforts by individuals, governments, and religious ... Read full review


The Scandal of the Scrolls
Opposing the Consensus
Academic Politics and Bureaucratic Inertia
The Onslaught of Science
The Inquisition Today
The Dilemma for Christian Orthodoxy
The Scrolls
Science in the Service of Faith
The Acts of the Apostles
JamesThe Righteous
Zealot Suicide
Notes and References
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Michael Baigent graduated from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, Richard Leigh followed his degree from Tufts University with postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Together the authors have also written Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The Messianic Legacy; and The Temple and the Lodge. Both writers live in England.

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