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A rich and diverse collection of literary artifacts that includes commentary on the Old and New Testaments, apocrypha, poetry, prose, teaching parables, magical tales, lists of buried treasure, stories of messiahs and anti-Christs, ideas on astrology, and visions of the apocalypse, the Dead Sea Scrolls have sparked both heated scholarly debate and endless speculation since they were first discovered in the 1940s and ’50s in the Egyptian caves of Qumran near the Dead Sea. Who wrote them? Why did they disappear? What purpose did they serve? And what do they mean for us today?
Though they survive in highly fragmented form, the scrolls offer extraordinary insights into early Christian beliefs and practices, including the discovery of roots stretching farther back into ancient Judaism than was ever previously imagined. In this newly revised and fully updated edition of their landmark 1996 translation, Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook—three of the foremost scholars conducting Dead Sea Scrolls research—present the most comprehensive and accessible English-language edition of the scrolls available to date.
Expertly translated into modern-day English and featuring newly available translations of numerous major texts, most notably Enoch and Jubilees, as well as fully updated introductions to every single text, translations of virtually every existing scroll fragment, detailed commentary and historical information, and a new introduction by the editors that summarizes the major findings and research conducted over the last ten years, this superb volume is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in exploring the wonders and mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Among the groundbreaking new additions in this volume are 12 non-Biblical texts that claim Moses as their author, new psalms attributed to King David and Joshua, a revelation attributed to the Archangel Michael, and never-before-seen stories about Abraham, Jacob, and Enoch, including a new text explaining why God demanded the sacrifice of Isaac.
One of the most significant discoveries of the modern age, the Dead Sea Scrolls continue to offer surprising revelations and provide new help in understanding the world in which the Christian faith was born. 688 pages •?6" x 9" • softcover
ABOUT THE EDITORS: Michael Wise is Scholar in Residence and professor of Hebrew Bible at Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn. Martin Abegg, Jr., is codirector of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute and director of the M.A. in Biblical Studies program at Trinity Western University. Edward Cook is a specialist in ancient Hebrew and Aramaic.
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