An Introduction to the Complete Dead Sea Scrolls

An Introduction to the Complete Dead Sea Scrolls

An Introduction to the Complete Dead Sea Scrolls

An Introduction to the Complete Dead Sea Scrolls

Synopsis

This thoroughly revised and updated version of The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective is useful as a textbook for courses in Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew Bible, or the New Testament. It has been a standard work in the field for the past thirty years.

Excerpt

The 'Qumran era' has completed its half-century and this introduction to the Scrolls, first published in 1977 and revised in 1994, has once more become out of date. The Hungarian edition of the book, published in 1998, has offered me a fresh opportunity to supplement the work in the light of the considerable progress in knowledge achieved in the last few years. 1998 also saw the appearance of the Penguin edition of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Both books will help readers interested in the Qumran discoveries and in the broader vistas they have opened on post-biblical Judaism and on the Jewish origins of Christianity.

Readers should bear in mind that in describing the life and institutions of the Dead Sea (or Essene) sect the terminology current in Christian religious orders has been used by analogy. This implies that expressions such as 'postulants', 'novices', 'the professed', 'the contemplatives', etc. have no Hebrew equivalents in the texts.

This revised version is dedicated to the memory of Pamela Vermes (she died in 1993), without whose collaboration the 1977 Margaret Harris Lectures, on which the first edition of this book was based, might have never been delivered.

G.V.

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