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ISBN13: 9780749922603

ISBN10: 0749922605

Publisher: Piatkus Books

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  • The Dead Sea Scrolls is a comprehensive guide to the meaning and significance of one of the most fascinating and controversial archaeological discoveries of the last century.

    - Provides an overview of the contents of the scrolls
    - Explores why the scrolls were written and when: are they from the time of Christ or are they copies of much older texts?
    - Explores the links between the ideas contained in the scrolls, orthodox Judaism and the origins of Christianity
    - Describes the excavations of the scrolls and what has been learnt about the religious community based at the site
    - Analyses the controversy surrounding access to, and publication of, the scrolls in their entirety
    - Features interviews with the major Dead Sea Scroll scholars and explains the key interpretations
    - Explores in detail the two most extraordinary documents in the collection: the War Scroll and the Temple Scroll, and analyses their descriptions of apocalypse and disaster
    - Reproduces key selected passages from the scrolls together with the different interpretations of them by scholars
    - Provides maps, diagrams and plates of the excavations and the scrolls themselves

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