The Dead Sea Scrolls
Contains new information about unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls with translations of key passages and recent discovery of the movement behind the Scrolls in their own words
In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon a cave near the Dead Sea, a settlement now called Qumran, to the east of Jerusalem. This cave, along with the others located nearby, contained jars holding hundreds of scrolls and fragments of scrolls of texts both biblical and nonbiblical—in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. This find is the most important archaeological event in two thousand years of biblical studies.
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The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
"James VanderKam and Peter Flint have produced an introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls that is eminently readable and reliable. They discuss not only the Scrolls but the entire controversy surrounding them, from their initial discovery to the most recent sensational theories. Throughout, their information is complete and up-to-date, and their judgment is sane and clear-headed. This is an ideal text-book for introductory courses, and a superb guide for the non-specialist, but even seasoned experts in Scrolls scholarship will find this volume to be a mine of information and a very useful reference work."
- John J. Collins, Yale University
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible is the oldest known Bible translated for the first time into English. Prior to the discovery of the scrolls, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible was dated to the eleventh century CE. But now The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible translates texts up to 1200 years older and allows us to read the same Hebrew Bible that Jesus used. Now three Dead Sea Scrolls experts (Martin Abegg, an expert in the Hebrew language), Eugene Ulrich (one of the three chief editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and Peter Flint (an expert on the biblical scrolls) to translate for the first time the previously unpublished biblical manuscripts.
The Bible at Qumran: Text, Shape and Interpretation
The Bible at Qumran puts the Dead Sea Scrolls to use in exploring two principal themes: the text and shape of the "Bible" at Qumran and the interpretation of these scriptures in this fascinating Jewish community. Written by leading scholars in the field, these informed studies make an important contribution to our understanding of the biblical text at a pivotal period in history.
Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXXII: Qumran Cave 1.II: The Isaiah Scrolls (Two Parts)
DJD XXXII presents the first full critical edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa) and the Hebrew University Isaiah Scroll (1QIsab) in the style of the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series. That is, whereas the photographs and transcriptions have been available since the 1950s, this volume provides a fresh transcription of all the known fragments, notes clarifying readings that are problematic either physically or palaeographically, and the first comprehensive catalogue of the textual variants.
Part 1 contains the photographic plates (1QIsaa in colour) with the transcriptions on facing pages for easy comparison. Part 2 contains the introduction, notes, and the catalogue of variants; The introduction narrates the discovery, purchase, and early publication of these two manuscripts, which are part of the earliest discoveries and among the most significant biblical scrolls.
The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls & the Book of Psalms
Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalms are found in no less than thirty-nine manuscripts. This groundbreaking volume presents the first comprehensive study of these scrolls, by making available a wealth of primary data and investigating the main issues that arise. The first part provides information which many scholars will find enormously helpful, such as descriptions of the manuscripts, listings of variant readings, a synopsis of superscriptions, and indices of contents of all the Psalms scrolls. The second part investigates the issues, some of which are relevant to the Book of Psalms itself (e.g. stabilization in two distinct stages), while others focus upon 11QPsa, the largest Psalms scroll (e.g. part of an edition of the Book of Psalms), and one involves the relation of these manuscripts to the Septuagint Psalter.
Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
"This volume offers solid scholarship on what is really important in determining how to understand early Christian claims about Jesus as Messiah."
- James A. Sanders, Claremont Graduate School
"This interesting book helps clarify why the Dead Sea Scrolls are paradigmatically important for the study of Christian origins and the New Testament."
- James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception
Written by leading experts in the field as well as some younger scholars, The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception offers a wide-ranging treatment of the main aspects of Psalms study. The almost 30 essays consist of two overall sections. The first section contains studies of a more general nature; commentary on or interpretation of specific Psalms; social setting; and the Psalter as book. The second section contains essays on the literary context of the Psalter (including Qumran texts); textual history and reception in Judaism and Christianity; and the theology of the Psalter. The volume ends with a cumulative bibliography and several useful indices.
Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint: Presented to Eugene Ulrich
With contributions by many of his colleagues and former students, this volume pays homage to Eugene Ulrich, Chief Editor of the Cave 4 Biblical Scrolls and a foremost expert on the Biblical Scrolls, the Canon of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and the Septuagint. In line with Professor Ulrich's areas of scholarship and interest, the almost 30 essays are grouped in three main sections: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (including the Biblical Scrolls from the Judaean Desert); Qumran and the Non-Biblical Scrolls from the Judaean Desert; and the Septuagint and Other Ancient Versions. The volume includes a tribute to Eugene Ulrich.
The Dead Sea Scrolls After Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment - Vol 1 & 2
This volume is the second in a series published to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the first scrolls at Qumran. The two-volume set contains a comprehensive range of articles covering topics that are archaeological, historical, literary, sociological, or theological in character. Since the discovery of the first scrolls in 1947 an large number of studies have been published. By the late 1990,s nearly all the scrolls found have been published in critical editions, and scholars can begin to assess the relevance of the scrolls for the study of the Bible, Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity. The contributors to these volumes form an international team of leading specialists in the field. They have written critical surveys of particular aspects of Dead Sea Scrolls research, focusing on significant developments, theories and conclusions, while also indicating directions for future study.
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Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XVI: Qumran Cave 4.XI: Psalms to Chronicles (DJD 16)
This volume continues the publication of the series of biblical Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered in Cave 4 at Qumran. It contains forty-two manuscripts of the Writings or Wisdom Books, from Psalms to Chronicles. These Hebrew texts antedate by a millennium what had previously been considered the earliest surviving biblical manuscripts in the original language. They document a pluriformity that characterized the ancient biblical textual tradition before the text became uniform later in the Rabbinic period. The Book of Psalms was the most widely copied book at Qumran, and the manuscripts display some alternate arrangements.
Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XVII: Qumran Cave 4.XII: 1-2 Samuel (DJD 17)
This volume contains a collection of Jewish works composed during the intertestamental period linked to biblical texts through characters, themes, or genre. Some of these were known previously as part of the Pseudepigrapha, while others were not previously known. They all enhance our understanding of the phenomenon of pseudepigraphy (writing in the name of a famous biblical or religious character) and of biblical interpretation during the Second Temple period.
Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXXVIII: Miscellaneous Texts from the Judaean Desert (DJD 38)
This volume presents texts from sites in the Judaean Desert including Aramaic and Greek documentary papyri with the addition of a few Hebrew papyri. It also includes several literary texts which are mainly leather fragments of the Hebrew Bible. Unlike the documents from Qumran itself, these have the advantage of being found in a well-recorded archaeological context. The sites discussed here include Ketef Jericho, Nahal Sdeir (Nahal David), Nahal Hever and Nahal Hever/Seiyal, Nahal Mishmar, and Nahal Se'elim.
A New English Translation of the Septuagint
Translated from the Hebrew between the third and first centuries B.C., the Septuagint became the Bible for Greek-speaking Jews and was widely cited by early Christians. Now, at long last, it has been made available in an accurate modern translation for English readers.
"A fresh and timely translation of the Septuagint. I enthusiasticall endorse this new translation. All those involved in this admirable project are to be congratulated for their contribution to raising Septuagint studies to the level of intensity and interest achieved by its sister fields of the Hebrew OT and the Greek NT."
- Radu Gheorghita, Journal of the Evangelical Theology Society
The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception - Vols. 1 & 2
Even though the earlier debates of the 20th century have subsided, questions concerning the composition and genre of Daniel, the social setting of the work, its literary context, and its theology persist. Because of the Dead Sea Scrolls discoveries and advances in understanding the history of transmission, Daniel has found a new generation of scholars interested in its place in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. This work reviews the state of Danielic studies and the issues surrounding them.