The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls


By (author) Philip R. Davies, By (author) George John Brooke, By (author) Phillip R. Callaway

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 254mm x 18mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051119
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051115
  • Illustrations note: 216 illustrations, 84 in colour
  • Sales rank: 661,270

Product description

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been described as 'the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times'. Since the first scrolls were found by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947, the remains of over 800 documents have been recovered from eleven caves in the Judaean desert. With all the scrolls now finally available in translation conclusions can at last be drawn as to their authorship and origins, their implication for Christianity and Judaism, and their link with the ancient site of Qumran. This timely book, written by three noted scholars in the field, draws together all the evidence and presents the first fully illustrated survey of every major manuscript, from the Copper Scroll, the Community Rule and the Temple Scroll to less well-known scripts such as the Florilegium and New Jerusalem.

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Author information

Philip Davies has written five books and many articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as other books on biblical history. George J. Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester and co-founder of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries. Phillip R. Callaway has written widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the book The History of the Qumran Community: An Investigation.

Review quote

Loaded with background material, this book provides an excellent primer to what is arguably the greatest discovery of biblical archaeology. "

Table of contents

The Scrolls Revealed - The Ancient World of the Scrolls - Inside the Scrolls - The Qumran Settlement - The Meaning of the Scrolls