The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, & the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElizabethCromb - www.librarything.com
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 ScrollsUser Review - Kirkus
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
A WAY IN THE WILDERNESS
DISCOVERY AT QUMRAN
THE INNER CIRCLE
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