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About the Author

DAVID NOEL FREEDMAN has been General Editor and a contributing coauthor of the distinguished Anchor Bible series since its inception in 1956. He is currently a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of California, San Diego, and lives in nearby La Jolla.

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Pam Fox Kuhlken is assistant professor of English at Arizona Western College and teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Perelandra College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (March 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802844243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802844248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freedman and Kuhlken present a very teachable primer on the Dead Sea Scrolls. I have purchased half a dozen books on the Scrolls in preparation for an upcoming class I am teaching, and found this book to be unique in 1 way: it anticipates common questions regarding the Scrolls, and provides sound, concise answers.

While not the most detail-oriented of the books I purchased, it still contains lots of meat, and none of the sensationalist claims of other, less academic books. This book does not get too lost in the extra-canonical material, discussing mostly the Hebrew Bible material, and its implications and impact on western political and religious thought.

Highly recommended when purchased in conjunction with a copy of the DSS Bible, and perhaps Timothy H Lim's "The Dead Sea Scrolls: a very short introduction."
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This is an easily readable first introduction to the scrolls, clearly meant for the the layman with no previous knowledge, but with interest in the Bible and Christianity. This is perhaps the best book for a broad popular audience, keeping things simple and comprehensible. However, all those who have more than a fleeting interest are not served by this book. The book by and large represents scrolls scholarship of thirty or fourty years ago, and none of the texts published in the mean time is discussed by the author. The book bristles with small factual mistakes, which do not detract from the broad overall picture, but nonetheless should have been avoided. But the author also elaborates on things, such as the size of biblical scrolls as opposed to non-biblical ones, that have no basis in reality. The book pays attention to issues, such as the documentary hypothesis, and whether D and P are successive or contemporary, that are entirely irrelevant to the scrolls. The glossary at the end does not correspond to the content. Whereas Freedman argued that the Wicked Priest could not have been a Maccabee, but was Hananiah (Onias) II, the glossary simply states that he was probably one of the Maccabees. But ultimately, the author is not really interested in the scrolls: "the book is really closed on the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is not a whole lot more to learn ... By contrast, the work on the Hebrew Bible is endless: always more work, more analysis ..." Most other introductions do show what more there is to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls, with regard to wisdom, halakhah, liturgy, mysticism.
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I met the author in a parking lot one day. He mentioned the fact that he was involved with the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Museum. He also mentioned his book which I promptly ordered. Pretty interesting- if you are interested. I like the format of the book-questions and answers. If you truly want to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and want it explained in layman's terms, this book is for you!
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