The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography

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The Discovery of the Scrolls
CHAPTER 1

On April 10, 1948, the Yale University News Bureau released an announcement, which appeared in the major newspapers of the English-speaking world in the following days:

The earliest known manuscript of the entire bib-
lical book of Isaiah from the Old Testament has
been discovered in Palestine, it was announced
today by Professor Millar Burrows of Yale Uni-
versity, the director of the American Schools of
Oriental Research at Jerusalem.

In addition, three other unpublished ancient
Hebrew manuscripts have been brought to light
by scholars in the Holy Land. Two of them have
been identified and translated while the third
still challenges recognition.

The book of the prophet Isaiah was found in
a well-preserved scroll of parchment. Dr. John C.

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Table of contents

  • Lives of Great Religious Books ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Chapter 1 - The Discovery of the Scrolls 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Essenes 33
  • Chapter 3 - The Site of Qumran 67
  • Chapter 4 - The Scrolls and Christianity 96
  • Chapter 5 - The Scrolls and Judaism 147
  • Chapter 6 - The Scrolls and the Bible 185
  • Chapter 7 - The Battle for the Scrolls 213
  • Appendix - Personalities in the Discovery and Subsequent Controversies 243
  • Glossary 259
  • Bibliography 263
  • Indexes 265
  • Index of Names 267
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