The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- ISBN 9780500283714
- 25.40 x 19.20 cm
- 216 Illustrations, 84 in colour
- First published 2011
New in paperback! – a fully illustrated survey of all the major Dead Sea Scrolls, written by experts in the field
‘Shrewd and perceptive … a thoughtful and helpful introduction to the scrolls ’ – Michael A. Knibb, King’s College London
'Written in a lively and engaging manner … makes the reading of dry, often impenetrable, fragments come alive’ – Society for Old Testament Study
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Ever since the first scrolls were found in the Judaean desert by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of passionate speculation and controversy. The possibility that they might challenge many assumptions about ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, coupled with the extremely limited access to the scrolls imposed for many years, only fuelled debate on their meanings.
• A catalogue of the scrolls, including the Copper Scroll, Community Rule, Temple Scroll and numerous others
• Historical and religious insight into the period of authorship, from Babylon to Bar Kokhba
• Investigation into ancient Qumran, the authorship of the scrolls and their significance for modern Judaism and Christianity
• Guide to expert interpretation of the manuscripts using palaeography, Carbon-14 dating and computer reconstructions
• Factfiles, tables, reconstructions, scroll photographs and a guide to where to see the scrolls today
Philip R. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, and is the author of four books on the Dead Sea Scrolls. George J. Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester and co-founder of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries. Phillip R. Callaway has written widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the book The History of the Qumran Community: An Investigation.