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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible
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The Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran provide the oldest, best, and most direct witness we have to the origins of the Hebrew Bible. Prior to the discovery of the Scrolls, scholars had textual evidence for only a single, late period in the history of the biblical text, leading them to believe that the text was uniform. The Scrolls, however, provide documentary evidence a thousand years older than all previously known Hebrew manuscripts and reveal a period of pluriformity in the biblical text prior to the stage of uniformity.
In this important collection of studies, Eugene Ulrich, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, outlines a comprehensive theory that reconstructs the complex development of the ancient texts that eventually came to form the Old Testament. Several of the essays set forth his pioneering theory of “multiple literary editions,” which is replacing older views of the origins of the biblical text.
"These essays unfold our changed views of the origins of the Hebrew Bible and the history of the biblical text. After many years of study and of editing the biblical scrolls from Qumran, Ulrich is preeminently qualified to describe the current state of our knowledge and the new paradigms that emerge in these studies. Ulrich's essays are creative, leading the field, and at the same time judicious and balanced. For anyone with serious interests in the origins and the history of the biblical text, this volume is required reading."
—Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University
"Of all the Qumran scholars, Ulrich has accumulated the most experience in editing the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls in the Discoveries in the Judean Desert series. He is therefore an eminent authority in this area, as demonstrated by the rich and mature analyses included in this book."
—Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
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About the Author
Eugene Ulrich is Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame. He is one of the three General Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project (with E. Tov of Israel and É. Peuch of France), having begun working on the scrolls in 1971. He has published several volumes of critical editions of the biblical scrolls in Discoveries in the Judean Desert (Oxford University Press). Having written or contributed to eighteen books on the scrolls, he was appointed an Area Editor to Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. One of the translators of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, he has authored numerous articles and has served as editor of the Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, and served on the editorial boards of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Dead Sea Discoveries.
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