The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

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The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judaean desert between 1947 and 1956 transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and the origins of Christianity. Following the release of all Scroll texts to scholars in 1991, THE COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH is the first complete translation, with fine introductory chapters describing the historical, cultural and religious background to the Scrolls. 'No translation of the Scrolls is either more readable or more authoritative than that of Vermes' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

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It's been 50 years since a Bedouin youth named Muhammed edh-Dhub went looking for a stray sheep and instead found the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the intervening decades, the scrolls have been enveloped in a storm of controversy and bitter conflict: the scholars entrusted with translating and editing the texts sat on many of them instead, creating suspicions that escalated to conspiracy theories about supposed cover-ups of sensitive, even damaging material. Geza Vermes, a former professor of Jewish studies at Oxford and a noted authority on the scrolls, marks the 50th anniversary of Muhammed edh-Dhub's find with his book The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English; the title, however, is misleading, for the collection of documents is by no means complete.

Vermes has left out the copies of Hebrew scriptures that are available elsewhere, instead focusing on the sectarian writings of the Essene community at Qumran and the intertestemental texts, and these are indeed complete translations. Vermes has also included an overview of five decades of research on the scrolls and a thumbnail sketch of the Qumran community's history and religion. For anyone interested in biblical history, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English is a worthwhile read.

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Geza Vermes is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford University. He has been director of the Forum for Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies since 1991.

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