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Title: Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Author: Schiffman, Lawrence H James C Vanderkam (eds)
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2000
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195084504
Volumes: 2; Pages: 1152
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Discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd, the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 800 manuscripts nearly one thousand years older than any other writings of the Hebrew Scriptures. Ever since, these mysterious documents have raised many questions. What do the scrolls tell us about the people who wrote them? What information do they have about early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism? How do they confirm or contradict what we thought we knew about the Bible?Featuring 450 articles by an international community of scholars, the Encyclopedia is the definitive account of what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls--their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. With contributions from 100 distinguished scholars representing diverse traditions and fields of learning, this volume offers the most comprehensive critical synthesis of current knowledge about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Along with viewing the works in their historical, archaeological, linguistic, and religious contexts, the archaeological evidence is explored and the methods used to date, document and preserve the manuscripts are explained.With extensive cross-references, blind entries and an index, this definitive reference work provides authoritative answers and information for all readers.