The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity
Publication Date: October 2004
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The story of the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls has become a part of Western lore. Who has not heard about the Bedouin shepherd who threw a rock into a cave, heard a crash, went in to explore, and found the scrolls? The story in that form may be accurate, but it turns out to be something of a simplification. As a matter of fact, much remains unknown about the exact circumstances under which those scrolls were discovered. The story of the discovery at first deals with just one cave; the other ten were located at later times.
“A comprehensive, detailed but readable account of what the scrolls really say.”
-Herschel Shanks, Editor, Biblical Archaeology Review
“This work provides a cap and climax to more than fifty years of research and publication of the Scrolls.”
-David Noel Freedman, Endowed Chair in Hebrew Biblical Studies, University of California San Diego, Editor-in-Chief, Anchor Bible Project
“Eminently readable and reliable...a mine of information and a very useful reference work.”
-John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale University
“A superb introduction to all of the major points...a well-illustrated guide.”
“Comprehensive and up-to-date...an important addition to any collection on the Dead Sea Scrolls.”