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Books of Interest

Abegg, Martin, Jr., Peter Flint and Eugene Ulrich, The Dead Sea
Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the
First Time Into English.
San Francisco: Harper, 1999.

An English translation of the biblical manuscripts from Qumran. It includes only those portions of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament actually found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Cook, Edward M., Solving the Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls:
New Light on the Bible.
Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.

A basic introduction to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their significance to our understanding of ancient Judaism. The book deals extensively with the question concerning authorship of the scrolls. Highly recommended.

Cross, Frank Moore, The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Biblical Studies. 3rd ed. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Cross presents a good overview of the early discoveries at Qumran, a description of the contents of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the significance of the scrolls.

Davies, P. R., Qumran. Guildford Surrey: Lutterworth Press, 1982.

This short work draws upon data from archaeology and the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls to describe the history of Qumran.

Fujita, Neil S., A Crack in the Jar: What Ancient Jewish Documents
Tell us About the New Testament.
New York: Paulist Press, 1986.

Besides discussing the implications of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Christianity, this work also presents a readable yet detailed introduction to basic issues of Dead Sea Scrolls research.

García Martínez, Florentino, The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated:
The Qumran Texts in English.
Leiden: Brill, 1994; Leiden/
Grand Rapids, MI: Brill/Eerdmans, 1996 (2nd edition).

The most complete collection of English translations available. The work was originally done in Spanish, then translated into English. Valuable book and highly recommended.

García Martínez, Florentino and Julio Trebolle Barrera, The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Writings, Beliefs and Practices. Leiden: Brill, 1995.

This work attempts to answer important questions raised in the media about the Dead Sea Scrolls, and provides reliable, up-to-date information on the literature and social organization of the Qumran community, its religious beliefs, and the Jewish background within which Christianity arose.

Gaster, Theodor H. The Dead Sea Scriptures With Introduction and Notes.
3rd Edition. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1976.

While this collection of English translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls is not as complete as Vermes' book, or García Martínez's book, the notes, introductions and indices can be very helpful. It is, however, now fairly out of date.

Schiffman, Lawrence H., Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1994.

A very valuable book for understanding the Jewish background and content of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The book includes extensive discussions of many of the manuscripts from Qumran, and the nature of the community there. Highly recommended.

Shanks, Hershel, James C. Vanderkam, P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., and
James A. Sanders, The Dead Sea Scrolls After Forty Years.
Washington, D.C.: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1991.

This book contains a collection of four talks delivered at a Symposium at the Smithsonian Institution on October 27, 1990 concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Shanks, Hershel, editor, Understanding the
Dead Sea Scrolls.
New York: Random House, 1992.

A collection of essays on various Dead Sea Scrolls issues. Authors include many of the foremost DSS scholars, but some of the essays at the end push the sensational and controversial too much.

Trever, John C., The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Personal Account. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977; reprinted Upland: Upland Commercial Printers, 1988.

Trever, one of the earliest photographers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, tells about his experiences during the somewhat chaotic times when the Scrolls came to light in the late 40's and 50's. Most attention is devoted to the Cave 1 documents.

VanderKam, James C., The Dead Sea Scrolls Today.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

The book summarizes the discovery, nature, chronology, literary character and background of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Highly recommended.

Vermes, Geza, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. 4th ed.
New York: Allen Lane (Penguin Press), 1997.

This is a fairly extensive collection of English translations of Dead Sea Scroll documents, available in many bookstores, and highly recommended.

Vermes, Geza, The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective.
Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1981.

This is an excellent introduction to the basic issues concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls and their interpretation.

Wise, Michael, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook,
The Dead Sea Scrolls. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.

This is an excellent translation of the non-biblical manuscripts from Qumran, translated directly into English from Hebrew and Aramaic.

Yadin, Yigael, The Message of the Scrolls.
New York: Crossroads, 1991. Reprint from 1957.

This is a readable introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls written by the prominent Israeli archaeologist who published the Temple Scroll and was personally involved in excavations.

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