The Dead Sea Scrolls and Primitive Christianity

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Primitive Christianity

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Primitive Christianity

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Primitive Christianity

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It is in no wise the purpose of this book to provide a history of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls nor to make an assessment of their contents. For this the reader is referred to the works of eminent specialists in this field such as Prof. Millar Burrows, Father R. de Vaux, Prof. W. H. Brownlee, Prof. Dupont-Sommer, Father J. T. Milik and many others. The only question we wish to examine here--or at least to pose correctly-- is that of the relations between the religious group which we know through the Scrolls and the origins of Christianity.

The immense interest aroused in this question and the freakish considerations it has sometimes occasioned in scholarly circles led me to make an attempt at establishing a basic orientation towards the question of the Scrolls in a series of lectures delivered last year. This book contains the complete text of these three lectures, to which have been added some further reference material and bibliographical footnotes. Refer-

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