Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the People Who Wrote Them
By August 17, 2016 Read More →

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the People Who Wrote Them

After a quarter century of discovery and publication, the study of the manuscripts from the desert of Judah has entered a new, more mature phase. True, the heat and noise of the early controversies have not wholly dissipated. One occasionally hears the agonized cry of a scholar pinned beneath a collapsed theory. And in the […]

The Oldest Bible in the World
By May 1, 2016 Read More →

The Oldest Bible in the World

Until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known Bible dated to the ninth or tenth century.

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A Conversation with Yigael Yadin
By April 11, 2016 Read More →

A Conversation with Yigael Yadin

Yigael Yadin discusses his roles as an archaeologist and as an Israeli general.

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Bibliography – Dead Sea Scrolls
By September 16, 2015 Read More →

Bibliography – Dead Sea Scrolls

Abegg, M. G. “Messianic Hope and 4Q285; A Reassessment.” JBL 113 (1994):81-91. Abramsky, S. Bar-Kokhba: Nesi Yisra’el. Tel Aviv: Massadah, 1961. Aharoni, Y. “Expedition B.” In Judean Desert Caves: Survey and Excavations, 1960, 11-24. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1961. Albeck, C. Das Buch der Jubiläen und die Halacha. Berlin, 1934. Albright, W. F. “New Light […]

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4QMysteries(b), A Preliminary Edition, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Revue de Qumran 16, p. 203-223.
By September 9, 2015 Read More →

4QMysteries(b), A Preliminary Edition, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Revue de Qumran 16, p. 203-223.

The texts entitled “Mysteries” consist of four manuscripts. Three of these, 1Q27, 4Q299 (4QMysta), and 4Q300 (4QMystb) can definitely be shown to be one and the same text. The fourth, 4Q301 (4QMystc), was classified as part of this same composition by J. T Milik, although no definite overlap in text exists. The close parallels between […]

The Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness I-II – The Thirty-Five Years War
By September 9, 2015 Read More →

The Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness I-II – The Thirty-Five Years War

COL I (1) For the In[structor, the Rule of] the War. The first attack of the Sons of Light shall be undertaken against the forces of the Sons of Darkness, the army of Belial: the troops of Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the [Amalekites], (2) Philistia, and the troops of the Kittim of Asshur. […]

Psalms Scroll 22-1-15- Apostrophe to Zion
By September 9, 2015 Read More →

Psalms Scroll 22-1-15- Apostrophe to Zion

Translation by Geza Vermes (4QPSf and 11QPsa).  I will remember you, O Zion, for a blessing; with all my might I love you; your memory is to be blessed for ever. Your hope is great, O Zion. Peace and your awaited salvation will come. Generation after generation shall dwell in you and generations of the pious shall […]

Remarks on the Testament of Kohath from Qumran Cave 4, Edward Cook, Journal of Jewish Studies 44, p.205-219.
By September 7, 2015 Read More →

Remarks on the Testament of Kohath from Qumran Cave 4, Edward Cook, Journal of Jewish Studies 44, p.205-219.

The recent publication of the fragmentary Testament of Kohath from Qumran Cave 4 (4QTQahat) is a welcome addition to the small but growing body of Jewish Aramaic texts from the Second Temple period. Emile Puech’s preliminary edition1 says all that can or need be said about the dimensions of the manuscript, the shape of the […]

Genesis Apocryphon in the Light of the Targumim and Midrashim, Manfred Lehmann, Revue de Qumran 1, p.249-264.
By September 7, 2015 Read More →

Genesis Apocryphon in the Light of the Targumim and Midrashim, Manfred Lehmann, Revue de Qumran 1, p.249-264.

The publication of parts of the Dead Sea Genesis Apocryphon from 1 Qumran (1) brings to us an example of Biblical text treatment much closer to traditional Jewish literature than was hitherto known from Qumran. The Biblical commentaries of the Pesher-type do not represent Jewish tradition which survived elsewhere, probably in the main because their […]

Ben Sira and the Qumran Literature, Manfred Lehmann, Revue de Qumran 3(1961), p.103-116.
By September 7, 2015 Read More →

Ben Sira and the Qumran Literature, Manfred Lehmann, Revue de Qumran 3(1961), p.103-116.

Shortly after the first Dead Sea Scrolls became known to the scholarly world, Professor Albright stated (1): «The content of the new documents fits satisfactorily into the picture of Jewish literature in the Maccabean Age, which we have from the pseudoepigraphical literature . . . The undoubted fact that there are expressions and terms which […]

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