The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation

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From a new generation of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars comes this landmark work. Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr. and Edward Cook bring the long-inaccessible ancient scrolls of Qumran vividly to life, translating and deciphering virtually every legible portion of the fragmented scrolls, with startling results. For the first time since their discovery, this historic volume reveals: Intriguing revelations about biblical history and the roots of Christianity. Never-before-seen stories about Abraham, Jacob, and Enoch -- including a text explaining why God demanded the sacrifice of Isaac. Twelve texts not included in the Bible that claim Moses as their author. New psalms attributed to King David and to Joshua. Texts illuminating ancient doctrines about angels and writings claiming to be revelations of angels themselves -- including the Archangel Michael. The translators provide pointed commentary throughout that places the scrolls in their true historical context. Their compelling, insightful introduction not only presents an overview of the often surprising contents of the scrolls, it discusses what are perhaps their greatest mysteries -- who authored them and why.

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From a new generation of dead sea scrolls scholars, here is a fresh look, including the most recently released texts, at the scrolls. Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook unlock the secrets and rich mysteries of the dead sea scrolls in the most comprehensive translation ever published for the general reader in any language.

'The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation' is a landmark work that brings to life the long-inaccessible scrolls of Qumran. Three distinguished translators at the forefront of modern scrolls scholarship reveal the rich tapestry of writings known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The most comprehensive translation ever compiled for the general reader in any language, this historic volume includes:
• Intriguing revelations about biblical history and the roots of Christianity.
• Never-before-seen stories about the biblical figures Abraham, Jacob, and Enoch- including a text explaining why God demanded the sacrifice of Isaac.
• Twelve texts not included in the Bible that claim Moses as their author.
• New psalms attributed to King David and to Joshua.
• Texts illuminating ancient doctrines about angels and writings claiming to be revelations of angels themselves – including the archangel Michael.

Translated into modern-day English by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook, this book contains virtually every legible portion of the fragmented scrolls, including revelatory information on early Christianity and its roots – far deeper than previously realized – in ancient Judaism. Included as well are scroll fragments that promise to dramatically alter our view of biblical history, including never-before released texts and newly discovered writings by and about key biblical prophets and ancestors. The translators provide illuminating commentary throughout that places the scrolls in their true historical context. They also present a compelling, insightful introduction that gives the reader an overview of the often surprising contents of the scrolls and discusses what are perhaps the greatest mysteries of the scrolls – who authored them and why.

Martin Abegg, Jr., is co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

Edward Cook is research associate at the Aramaic Lexicon Project at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“This work of translation and interpretation will be of immense value to the scholar and general reader alike. The commentary provided by the authors is illuminating and accessible, and their translation into English of some of the scrolls for the first time will give us all a chance to evaluate these controversial documents – and, perhaps, lay to rest some of the wilder theories that have been evolved about the Qumran sect in recent years. It will thus aid our understanding of the religious imagination in all its complexity.”
KAREN ARMSTRONG, author of 'A History of God' and 'Jerusalem'

“The Dead Sea Scrolls are not just for scholars any more. They are here in a book that anyone can understand. 'Read these texts'. They have survived their authors and will survive us, their readers.”
JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN, professor emeritus, De Paul University, and author of 'The Historical Jesus'

About the Author:

Michael Wise, who is among the foremost young scholars translating the Scrolls today, has been profiled in Time, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is Scholar-in-Residence and Professor of Ancient Languages at Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota. Martin Abegg Jr. is co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. He is one of the translators of The Dead Sea Scrolls (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996).

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