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The Dead Sea Scrolls Perfect Paperback – January 17, 2007

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Society for Biblical Literature (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589832701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589832701
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fine production by the Biblical Archaelogical Society is well written by a series of professionals in various short articles on different key areas concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls.

What is covered, although not in depth, is the circumstances of their finds, where they were located and who wrote them. The book then concludes with their possible link to Christianity and their signficance to history.

Although much of the material, I find, was covered in previous publications of the scrolls, different aspects and readings made it seem fresh again. What is most interesting to me is that while Judism and Christianity remain untouched in essence by translations of the scrolls, there have been many versions of the Pentateuch or Torah, or the first 5 books of the Bible. In the time of the scrolls, there was no fixed Torah either as a whole or of any of the individual books.

Among the scrolls are a whole group of texts that are related to, but different from the present day books of the canonical Torah. Some of these texts differ markedly and at times startlingly from the standard authorative Jewish version of the Bible. Oddly, it seems, this would not have bothered the scroll writers.

Today there are three different versions of the Pentateuch: the Masoretic Text, the Septuagint, and the Samaritan Pentateuch. Fragments from all three of these were found in the caves. Today all the scrolls have been translated and are available for study for anyone who wants them. Though many are religious in nature, many are not and deal with laws and practices of the times.

I found this to be an interesting book. It is in large 8 1/2 X 11 format, is constructed of high quality gloss paper and is interspersed with many fine photos, maps and paintings. Authoratatively written, it is an excellent introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls that everyone should find interesting.
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