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The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents Withheld for over 35 Years
Robert H. Eisenman and Michael O. Wise

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Format: Paperback, 286pp.
ISBN: 0140232508
Publisher: Penguin USA
Pub. Date: Reprint edition (November 1993)

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Compiled by scholars Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise, these fifty documents cast a startling light on events in Palestine at the dawn of Christianity. They portray not a family of peaceful Essenes but a fiercely militant religious sect whose members awaited an apocalyptic Day of Vengeance. The authors speak of a messiah and the resurrection of the dead. They allude not only to doctrines we now recognize as Christian but also to the precursors of Islam and Jewish Kabbalism. Providing precise transliterations into modern Hebrew characters and English translations, and accompanied by detailed commentaries, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered represents a quantum leap in our knowledge of 1the ancient origins of modern faith.

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"[Eisemnan and Wise] make their case with the utmost clarity and scholarship.... The work is ... patently thorough and careful . A picture of the ideological turmoil, fascinatingly intense, out of which Christianity sprang into the world."
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Robert Eisenman is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University, Long Beach. He is is consultant for the Huntington Library in the struggle to free the Scrolls. Michael Wise, who is among the foremost young scholars translating the Scrolls today, has been profiled in Time, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

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Abbreviations, Symbols and Ciphers
Introduction

MESSIANIC AND VISIONARY RECITALS
1. The Messiah of Heaven and Earth (4Q521)
2. The Messianic Leader (Nasi - 4Q285)
3. The Servants of Darkness (4Q471)
4. The Birth of Noah (4Q534-536)
5. The Words of Michael (4Q529)
6. The New Jerusalem (4Q554)
7. The Tree of Evil (A Fragmentary Apocalypse - 4Q458)

II. PROPHETS AND PSEUDO-PROPHETS
8. The Angels of Mastemoth and the Rule of Belial (4Q390)
9. Pseudo-Jeremiah (4Q385)
10. Second Ezekiel (4Q385-389)
11. Pseudo-Daniel (4Q243-245)
12. The Son of God (4Q246)
13. Vision of the Four Kingdoms (4Q547)

III. BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
14. A Genesis Florilegium (4Q252)
15. Joshua Apocryphon (4Q522)
16. A Biblical Chronology (4Q559)
17. Hur and Miriam (4Q544)
18. Enochic Book of Giants (4Q532)
19. Pseudc-Jubilees (4Q227)
20. Aramaic Tobit (4Q196)
21. Stories from the Persian Court (4Q550)

IV. CALENDRICAL TEXTS AND PRIESTLY COURSES
22. Priestly Courses I (4Q321)
23. Priestly Courses II (4Q320)
24. Priestly Courses III - Aemilius Kills (4Q323-324A-B)
25. Priestly Courses IV (4Q325)
26. Heavenly Concordances (Otot - 4Q319A)

V. TESTAMENTS AND ADMONITIONS
27. Aramaic Testament of Levi (4Q213-214)
28. A Firm Foundation (Aaron A - 4Q541)
29. Testament of Kohath (4Q542)
30. Testament of Amram (4Q543, 545-548)
31. Testament of Naphtali (4Q215)
32. Admonitions to the Sons of Dawn (4Q298)
33. The Sons of Righteousness (Proverbs - 4Q424)
34. The Demons of Death (Beatitudes - 4Q525)

VI. WORKS RECKONED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS - LEGAL TEXTS
35. The First Letter on Works Reckoned as Righteousness (4Q394-398)
36. The Second Letter on Works Reckoned as Righteousness (4Q397-399)
37. A Pleasing Fragrance (Halakhah A-4Q251)
38. Mourning, Seminal Emissions, etc. (Purity Laws Type A - 4Q274)
39. Laws of the Red Heifer (Purity Laws Type B - 4Q276-277)
40. The Foundations of Righteousness (The End of the Damascus Document:
An Excommunication Text - 4Q266)

VII. HYMNS AND MYSTERIES
41. The Chariots of Glory(4Q286-287)
42. Baptismal Hymn (4Q414)
43. Hymns of the Poor (4Q434, 436)
44. The Children of Salvation (Yesha') and The Mystery of Existence (4Q416, 418)

VIII. DIVINATION, MAGIC AND MISCELLANEOUS
45. Brontologion (4Q318)
46. A Physiognomic Text (4Q5 6 1)
47. An Amulet Formula Against Evil Spirits (4Q560)
48. The Era of Light is Coming (4Q462)
49. He Loved His Bodily Emissions (A Record of Sectarian Discipline - 4Q477)
50. Paean for King Jonathan (Alexander Jannaeus - 4Q448)

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