Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls: And Other Adventures of an Archaeology Outsider

Freeing the Dead Sea Scrolls: And Other Adventures of an Archaeology Outsider


By (author) Hershel Shanks

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441152172
  • ISBN 13: 9781441152176
  • Sales rank: 1,237,460

Product description

This title offers a fascinating account of a world renowned Biblical Archaeologist and his scrapes with Governments, Nomads and Scoundrels. Herschel Shanks is a world renowned Biblical Archaeologist and Founder and Editor of "The Biblical Archaeology Review". Early on, he established a practice as a successful and well-paid Attorney in Washington DC. But after a trip to the Holy Land he changed careers and devoted himself to the study of Biblical Archaeology. Aside from the huge scholarly importance of this subject, Shanks introduces us here to a fascinating world or rivalry, skulduggery and internecine warfare. In the process Shanks has ended up in court. With the discovery of 'The Dead Sea Scrolls' a whole new world of theft and conspiracy opened up. Nomads seeing the chance of making a quick buck stole fragments and then sold them to unscrupulous dealers. Most recently Shanks has been associated with the discovery of the Ossuary which contained the bones of The Brother of Jesus. Shanks vigorously defends its authenticity in one of the book's most lively chapters.

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Author information

Hershel Shanks is the longtime editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review, which is to biblical archaeology what Vogue is to fashion, and author of numerous popular books such as Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple (2nd ed. 1999). Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography (1995), and The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Review quote

'As always, Shank's style is clear and understandable for a wide audience... Readers with an interest in Bible History can read it as a primer.'--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Preface; 1. In the Beginning; 2. The Sharon Years; 3. My College Years; 4. Columbia, Harvard and the Department of Justice; 5. Practising Law; 6. Our Year in Israel; 7. Starting BAR; 8. Maturing BAR; 9. Freeing the Scrolls; 10. Losing in Court; 11. The Pomegranate and the Ossuary; 12. The Yehoash Plaque; 13. The Forgery Trial of the Century; 14. My Credo.