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Who wrote the Dead Sea scrolls? : the search for the secret of Qumran / Norman Golb
Bib ID 3115626
Format BookBook
Author
Golb, Norman
 
Description New York : Scribner, c1995 
xvi, 446 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 002544395X
Series

Dr John Cooper Theosophy Collection

Summary

The scrolls have been the subject of unending fascination and controversy ever since their discovery in the Qumran caves beginning in 1947. Intensifying the debate, Professor Norman Golb now fundamentally challenges those who argue that the writings belonged to a small, desert-dwelling fringe sect. Instead, he shows why the scrolls must have been the work of many groups in ancient Judaism, kept in libraries in Jerusalem and smuggled out of the capital just before the Romans attacked in A.D. 70. He eloquently portrays the spiritual fervor of the people who lived and wrote in the period between the great writings of the Hebrew Bible and the birth of the New Testament.

Golb backs up his ground-breaking interpretation with a careful reading of the texts and the archaeological findings. Bringing to scroll studies a vast knowledge of ancient history, he describes the scrolls' rich diversity of ideas, and offers a new interpretation of their significance for the evolution of both Judaism and Christianity.

Full contents
  • 1. The Qumran Plateau
  • 2. The Manuscripts of the Jews
  • 3. 1947: The First Scroll Discoveries
  • 4. The Qumran-Essene Theory: A Paradigm Reconsidered
  • 5. The Copper Scroll, the Masada Manuscripts, and the Siege of Jerusalem
  • 6. Scroll Origins: Rengstorf's Theory and Edmund Wilson's Response
  • 7. The Temple Scroll, the Acts of Torah, and the Qumranologists' Dilemma
  • 8. Power Politics and the Collapse of the Scrolls Monopoly
  • 9. Myth and Science in the World of Qumranology
  • 10. The Deepening Scrolls Controversy
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 423-431) and index.

Subjects Dead Sea scrolls.  |  Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D. -- Sources.

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