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The Library of Qumran: On the Essenes, Qumran, John the Baptist, and Jesus
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The incredible discoveries at Qumran are unveiled in this compelling volume by one of the world’s foremost experts on biblical archaeology and the ancient Qumran community. Drawing on the best of current research and a thorough knowledge of all the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hartmut Stegemann analyzes the purpose of the Qumran settlement, paints a picture of how daily life was carried on there, explores the relation of the Qumran community to John the Baptist, to Jesus, and to early Christianity, and uncovers the true nature of the Qumran writings, which continue to have a profound impact on biblical studies today.
"The English translation of Stegemann's introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls is a most welcome addition to the literature on these texts. He has distinguished himself from decades as one of the world's foremost auhorities in the area of Qumran studies, and in his book he uses his comprehensive, first hand knowledge to address the basic issues in creative and challenging ways. Students of the bible and the Scrolls will find reading The Library of Qumran to be an enriching experience."
—JAMES C. VANDERKAM, University of Notre Dame
"A very learned, highly informative, and originial introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls. It will be welcomed both by scholars and by the gneral public."
—GEZA VERMES, Forum for Qumran Research, Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies
"Stegemann presents us with a survey that is not merely a summary of facts and research but also an evaluatiton of them on the basis of the author's firsthand knowledge of the material. Among the number of recent surveys of the Qumranic scene, Stegemann's rich overview stands out in coherence and originality."
—DEVORAH DIMANT, University of Haifa
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About the Author
Hartmut Stegemann is Professor of New Testament studies at the University of Gottingen and director of the Institute for Ancient Judaism, where he is chairman of Qumran studies.
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