The Dead Sea Scrolls are again on exhibit, and thousands of people will journey to see them. But will these folks understand what they see? Sure, there are plenty of scholarly volumes on the Dead Sea Scrolls, full of indexes, footnotes, and jargon for those in the know. But what if youre not a specialist? What if you just want a basic understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, where they came from, and why theyre so important? Thats where this little book comes in.
David Noel Freedman and Pam Fox Kuhlken here offer an informed, inside look at these significant ancient texts. Full of humor and behind-the-scenes glimpses into research on the Scrolls, What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Do They Matter? is a fascinating, accessible guidebook , perfect for any reader seeking a brief, quality introduction to this inscrutable subject.
Answers a gamut of questions from the general to the paranoid to the somewhat cynical , for example:
- What are the Dead Sea Scrolls all about?
- Who wrote them, why, and in what languages?
- Have the Scrolls changed our understanding of any passages in the Bible?
- Whos hiding stolen fragments?
- Do the Scrolls tell us when the world will end?
- How has technology improved our ability to study the Scrolls?
- How much would a Scroll fragment sell for on eBay today?
David Noel Freedman
David Noel Freedman (1922Ã¢â‚¬â€œ2008) was a prolific and influential Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. For many years he held the Endowed Chair in Hebrew Biblical Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of literally hundreds of books, the editor in chief of Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, and the general editor of several distinguished series.
Pam Kuhlken Fox
Pam Fox Kuhlken teaches Bible as Literature at San Diego State University and is co-founder of Perelandra College, LaMesa, CA, where she teaches critical theory in the graduate Creative Writing Program.