From Library Journal
In the fertile imaginations of some writers, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the seed for imaginative (if not sound) speculation, resulting in such recent books as Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh's The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (LJ 1/92) and Barbara Thiering's Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992). In the wake of these books, VanderKam's sane appraisal of the Scrolls' saga and of current Scrolls scholarship, written on a level that is understandable to lay readers and others who are not specialists in the field, is especially welcome. In a balanced fashion, Bible scholar VanderKam addresses the major issues regarding the Scrolls: the circumstances surrounding their discovery and subsequent publication (and nonpublication); the identity of the Qumran group responsible for writing and collecting the documents; and the impact of the Scrolls upon traditional theories and beliefs. Recommended for seminary, academic, and public libraries.Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama Lib., Birmingham
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