The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, & the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Riverhead Books, 1996 - Religion - 306 pages
In this engrossing book, Neil Asher Silberman, noted writer and scholar, tells the double story of the Dead Sea Scrolls: the ancient saga of the people of the small province of Judea, whose fiercely nationalistic, Temple-centered religion was cruelly suppressed by the might of the Roman Empire; and the modern account of scholarly intrigue and political power plays swirling around one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. The true significance of the scrolls, Silberman argues is as precious testimony to the Judeans' response to Roman oppression that was widespread at the time of Jesus: a revolutionary rage--accompanied by a passionate belief in the imminent arrival of a messiah--which was brutally crushed in the course of local uprisings against Rome. Both Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, which arose from the ashes of destruction and exile, are but meek religions compared with the fervent faith expressed in the scrolls.

Dispassionate, readable, and lively, "The Hidden Scrolls adds energy and drama to the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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A really interesting review of the way the Dead Sea Scrolls were "managed" and controlled since their discovery in 1946-7. I am now interested to read what has happened in the 23 years since Silberman ... Read full review

THE HIDDEN SCROLLS: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls

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International intrigue, scholarly arrogance, and eccentric personalities populate this examination of what the Dead Sea Scrolls really tell us. Since their discovery by Bedouins in the 1940s, the ... Read full review



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Neil Asher Silberman studied under Israel's greatest archaeologist, Yigael Yadin, and worked for the Israel Department of Antiquities. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and continued his studies at Yale University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of Archaeology. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (1991-92) and has written a number of well-received books on the ancient Near East, such as Digging for God and Country, Between Past and Present, and A Prophet from Amongst You: The Life of Yigael Yadin; Soldier, Scholar, and Mythmaker of Modern Israel. In addition, he has held editorial positions at Archaeology Magazine, Biblical Archaeologist, and the Oxford Companion to World Archaeology. Mr. Silberman lives in Branford, Connecticut with his wife and daughter and is currently working on his fifth book.

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