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  • Series: Holman QuickSource
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Holman Reference (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805448527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805448528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A widely recognized expert on the Bible and Archaeology, and Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, he also authored Jesus, the Final Days (with N. T. Wright) and Fabricating Jesus and is regular guest on Dateline NBC.

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This book demonstrated how fervent the Messianic hope of the Essenes was.
Peter Pellerin
Let recognized expert Craig A. Evan guide you into a fuller understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their importance.
Andrea Schultz
This is a very helpful book for informational use if you are a student on the Bible.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Schultz on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Since I first heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls as a teenager, I have had a fascination with them. The `Holman QuickSource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls' by Craig A. Evans is a quick reference to all things Dead Sea Scrolls.

Here is the synopsis for this amazing book:

Buried in a forgotten cave and lost for eons of time, the Dead Sea Scrolls came to worldwide attention in 1947 when several of them were uncovered by Bedouin sheep herders who were searching for treasure. Though the herders thought them worthless at first, scholars came to see them as invaluable keys to unlocking the era of Christ. Sensational media accounts claim that the scrolls undermine Christian beliefs or paint an unexpected picture of Jewish religion. Now, after more than half a century after examination by scholars from around the world, the truth about the Dead Sea Scrolls can be told. Let recognized expert Craig A. Evan guide you into a fuller understanding of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their importance.
Topics include:
* Who wrote the Scrolls?
* Do the Scrolls undermine the Christian Faith?
* Did the New Testament borrow from the Scrolls?
* The Science of Dating the Scrolls
* Restoring and Preserving the Scrolls
* Historical Groups and People Named in the Scrolls
* Who were the Essenes?
* How did the Essenes Interpret Scripture?
* How did the Essenes Relate to Other Jews?
* Were Jesus and John the Baptist Essenes?
* Archaeology of Qumran and the Scrolls

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Craig A. Evans ([...]) is a recognized expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He serves as Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RDG Stout on August 9, 2010
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What appears at first to be a light introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls ends up, in fact, to be a remarkable combination of breadth, depth, and accessibility. I would highly recommend this not only to people seeking an introduction to the DSS, but also to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of First Century Judaism and Early Christianity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OtherWorlds&Wisdom on December 14, 2011
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The Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the most important ancient documents every found, seem to be surrounded by myth, legend and wild theories. In reality, they aren't that mysterious, one just has to do some basic study. This volume is a perfect place to start and is fairly detailed for an intro. From the historical backdrop, to the people who wrote the scrolls, to the scrolls themselves, all is covered. A great resource for students of ancient history and the Bible. See also The Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals About the Truth of the Bible & the NIV Archaeological Study Bible.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Pellerin on May 24, 2013
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There was an incredible amount of information packed into this small little book. It felt like you were getting more than just an introduction. The book was highly readable and left me longing to do some more in depth research.

I especially enjoyed the chapters on the historical background of the "Essenes". The chapters on how they were distinct from the Sadducees and the Pharisees were also fascinating.

This book demonstrated how fervent the Messianic hope of the Essenes was. It is amazing to me that we do not have any records of them seriously investigating the Messianic claims of Jesus or the early Christians. They believed the Messiah/Messiah's would lead them in the defeat of the Roman empire. I am sure they were aware of Jesus but He did not meet their expectations.

The chapter on how the dead sea scrolls compare with the Old Testament was fascinating. The light that this shed on the Psa 22:17 textual controversy was priceless. This chapter left me wishing I was reading an entire book on just that subject. I will be digging into the footnotes for more resources.

This book is a great introduction to the subject for all students of the Bible.

Blessings,
Peter
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By corn cobb on December 16, 2013
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EXTREMELY high quality book! thick gloss paper with amazing colored photos all throughout. More importantly the text is researched by Dr. Craig Evans who does a remarkable job pulling together the mountain of materials on the subject and simplifying it for anyone who loves the Scriptures. Utterly wowed!
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By Robert on October 21, 2013
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This material was informative on the history of the bible and how it came to be. I found it very informative
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I was totally blown away by this book. It's awesome for anyone interested in this subject. Get this book for yourself get it for. Loved one.
Karen Hogan
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