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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Timothy Lim

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 14mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192806599
  • ISBN 13: 9780192806598
  • Illustrations note: Halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 176,331

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Everyone has heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but amidst the conspiracies, the politics, and the sensational claims, it can be dificult to separate the myths from the reality. Timothy Lim here presents the true facts and leading theories behind the cultural and historical background of the scrolls, and examines their significance for our understanding of the Old Testament and the origins of Christianity and Judaism. He also tells the fascinating story of the scrolls since their discovery, explains the science behind their deciphering and dating, and does not omit the cast of characters, scandals, and controversies that have hastened the scrolls' rise to the status of cultural icon. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Timothy Lim is Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and is a widely recognized expert in the field. His research has University ospects of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, to sectarianism, the history of the calendar, and ancient science. He is the author of Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters (OUP, 1997), and is Principal Editor of Volume 1 of the official digitised edition of the scrolls entitled The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Reference Library (1997, OUP and Brill Academic Publishers). He has made numerous media appearances to promote the public understanding of religion.

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an excellent addition to the series Evangelical Quarterly

Table of contents

1. The Dead Sea Scrolls as Cultural Icon ; 2. The Dead Sea Scrolls in their Historical Context ; 3. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible ; 4. The Dead Sea Scrolls and Ancient Judaism ; 5. The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity