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Dead Sea Scrolls Deception Paperback – April 12, 1993
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The Dead Sea Scrolls is a name given to a general collection of scrolls found in the area of Qumran, in the desert near the Dead Sea in the West Bank of the Jordan River. The first scrolls from this region were found in 1947/48. Many more scrolls have been found since then (and there may be some still missing, or hidden, by various regional authorities and antiquities dealers and collectors), including some in areas as far away as the British Museum (manuscripts collected from a Cairo genizah 50 years earlier were later found to match the scrolls).
Part of the politics of around the scrolls, which always featured into their saga, was that, while they were primary early Jewish texts (the Hebrew Bible, additional psalms, community writings of early sects of Judaism, etc.), the scrolls were found in what was then Arab territory by Arab traders and bedouins. The fragile state of Israeli/Palestinian/Jordanian politics always factored into the scrolls' fate; the scrolls came under control first of the Orthodox (Christian) leaders in East Jerusalem (then in Arab control), then later as scholars were sought under general Western academic supervision.Read more ›
The book can be divided in two major parts: in the first, the authors provide a gripping tale of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at a site near Qumran and tell of the scandalous conduct of the so-called International Team ander the leadership of Father Roland De Vaux in the decades that followed. From this they conclude that the International Team operating in cahoots with the Catholic Church intentionally delayed, diluted and suppressed the research on the scrolls. This was because the information that was discovered in the "sectarian" portions of the collection was explosively embarassing to Christianity.
So far so good. The international team did in fact come under intense academic criticism more than once. They did delay the publication of the scrolls.Read more ›
The problem, however---if you want to call it that---is that most of the rest of the book is a somewhat tangential "who murdered J.F.K." kind of exposition. Not than I'm necessarily opposed to that kind of thing. I mean, I certainly don't think Oswald wasn't part of some larger scheme of events. Nor do I think all paranoia is a bad thing. But it is, after all...paranoia. And the authors here have taken it to the hilt. Still, with that understanding, this book is worth taking a look at. Why? Because it asks a number of questions about the origins of Chritianity which very much need to be asked. The answers they provide, while most likely *not* all that accurate, are nevertheless representative of a legitimate trend in contemporary New Testament scholarship. Like J.F.K., it's also representative of the kinds of ideas people will develop when large political/religious organizations withhold the truth from the public at large.
When this book was published, Robert Eisenman's "James, The Brother Of Jesus" was not yet published. So, I had the darndest time tracking down anything he had written. Fortunately, I was working on a university campus at the time, so I finally was able to locate a couple of manuscripts in one of the graduate school libraries. It's hard to say what I think about Eisenman. I think his conclusions are probably wrong.Read more ›
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The book is a deception per se. Want a Dead Sea Scrolls good book? - stick to Geza Vermes. Not worth the time and effort. Holly Blood and Holly Grail Wale entertaining. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paulo Reimann
Have not finished yet, but up to where I am is very interesting, thought provoking.Published 6 months ago by Karen Wear
Very good book, informative and educational for those seeking the true wisdon of the life changing ancient scrolls...Published 9 months ago by Publicaciones Rebeldes
Favorite author. Great read. Very informative. Lots of historyPublished 13 months ago by Dana Rasalla
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