Overview: The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls, R. Davies, G. Brooke, and M. Callaway

An accessible book worthy of any coffee table, but also full of interesting background, information, graphics and pictures on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the historical context of the Scrolls, and the content and material background of this incredible discovery by three noted scholars in the field.

Introductory overview: The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, Second Edition, James C. VanderKam

The premier Dead Sea Scrolls primer ever since its original publication in 1994, James VanderKam's Dead Sea Scrolls Today won the Biblical Archaeology Society's Publication Award in 1995 for the Best Popular Book on Biblical Archaeology. In this expanded and updated edition the book will continue to illuminate the greatest archaeological find in modern times.

While retaining the format, style, and aims of the first edition, the second edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls Today takes into account the full publication of the texts from the caves and the post-1994 debates about the Qumran site, and it contains an additional section regarding information that the Scrolls provide about Second Temple Judaism and the groups prominent at the time. Further, VanderKam has enlarged the bibliographies throughout and changed the phrasing in many places.

More in-depth overview: The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus and Christianity, by James C. VanderKam and Peter Flint

This sweeping and up-to-the-minute introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls includes many recent developments in Scrolls research, bringing readers current information on new DNA dating techniques, discoveries in linguistics, and archaeological findings. VanderKam (The Dead Sea Scrolls Today) and Flint (The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible) are clearly experts in their field, familiar with all the major (and minor) issues at stake. At times, they become submerged in questions that only other specialists will care about, or render unnecessarily detailed information on particular points (for example, providing a paragraph on each of the major photographers who have worked with the Scrolls, or debating the intricacies of Paleo-Hebrew)... 

 

VanderKam and Flint pay special attention to the Scrolls' relationship with biblical and apocryphal literature, offering nuanced discussions of the formation of the biblical canon and the development of various lines of scribal transmission. One section deals with the non-biblical Scrolls and attempts to reveal more about the Qumran community, with VanderKam and Flint coming down heavily in favor of Essene authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overall, this is a superb introduction to all of the major points, though novice readers may wish to skim the more concentrated academic debates. (Publishers Weekly)

The Scrolls in English: The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, by M. Wise, M. Abegg, and E. Cook

A fully revised and updated edition of a previous translation of the complete Dead Sea Scrolls, making it a complete and accessible translation of the Scrolls in English, with new texts, updated introductions, a glossary of terms, and other new additions

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English, by M. Abegg, P. Flint and E. Ulrich

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English is the first full English translation of the Hebrew scriptures used by the Essene sect at Qumran.

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