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The Dead Sea Scrolls Today Second Edition
James C Vanderkam
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Best-selling book on the Scrolls, updated to reflect current scholarship and recent debates
The premier Dead Sea Scrolls primer ever since its original publication in 1994, James VanderKam's Dead Sea Scrolls Today won the Biblical Archaeology Society's Publication Award in 1995 for the Best Popular Book on Biblical Archaeology. In this expanded and updated edition the book will continue to illuminate the greatest archaeological find in modern times.
While retaining the format, style, and aims of the first edition, the second edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls Today takes into account the full publication of the texts from the caves and the post-1994 debates about the Qumran site, and it contains an additional section regarding information that the Scrolls provide about Second Temple Judaism and the groups prominent at the time. Further, VanderKam has enlarged the bibliographies throughout and changed the phrasing in many places. Finally, quotations of the Scrolls are from the fifth edition of Geza Vermes's translation, The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (Penguin, 1997).
"James VanderKam has succeeded in summarizing very lucidly the complicated story of the Dead Sea Scrolls their discovery, nature, chronology, literary character, and background. The attractive writing style and the profound, clear analyses in VanderKam's book promise to make it a handbook on the Dead Sea Scrolls that will be consulted often in light of their importance for modern scholarship and their frequent appearances in the news media."
Emanuel Tov (Hebrew University Jerusalem)
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About the Author
James C. VanderKam is the John A. OBrien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the international team charged with editing and translating the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls.
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