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Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls (Anchor Bible Reference Library) [Paperback]

By Lawrence H. Schiffman (Author)
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Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Anchor Bible
ISBN  0385481217  
EAN  9780385481212  

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Dead Sea Scrolls expert Lawrence H. Schiffman shifts attention away from the sensationalism surrounding who has control of the scrolls by focusing on how these texts shed light on the history of Judaism and early Christianity.

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More About Lawrence H. Schiffman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lawrence H. Schiffman is Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Chairman of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. His previous books include Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls and From Text to Tradition: A History of Judaism in Second Temple and Rabbinic Times.

Lawrence H. Schiffman currently resides in the state of New York. Lawrence H. Schiffman has an academic affiliation as follows - New York University.

Lawrence H. Schiffman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series
  2. Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature

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A Comprehensive Treatment about a Complex Topic  Aug 5, 2007
Lawrence H. Schiffman wrote an excellent book re The Dead Sea Scrolls. RECLAIMING THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS is a clearly written account of the development and interpretation of these Scrolls which were first discovered in 1947. Schiffman argues that not only Christians but also religious Jews can benefit from this book to gain a better understanding of the roots of their religion.

Schiffman presents the controversies surrounding the editing and publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These controversies were based in part on pettiness, professional jealously, etc. Yet, Schiffman also informs readers that some of these controversies were based on honest differences of opinion. An interesting feature of this book is the photo plates of some of "the players" involved in this controversy. One of the scholars involved in interpreting and publishing the scrolls was Ben Zion Wacholder whose was one of the professors this reviewer's son while in graduate school at Hebrew Union College in Cincinatti, Ohio. Schiffman gives a detailed yet clear picture of the scholars involved and explains why there was controversy and what the differences were.

Schiffman also explained the cultural mileau in Palestine and Judea during the time that the Scrolls were written (c.400 BC-200 AD). Devout Jews were caught in cultural conflict between Hellenistic Greek influences and later Roman influences especially after 63 BC. Schiffman explains that these differences were serious and led what may be called the Maccabean Wars (c.175 BC-163 BC). Schhiffman showed that not only were there conflicts between religious Jews and their Greek and later Roman rulers, but these influences caused internal conflict among religious Jews themselves. For Christians this helps explain the mention between Saduccess and Pharisees mentioned in the New Testament. For those who seek a biblical background of the Jewish vs. Greek conflicts, the books of First Maccabees and Second Maccabees, which are found in Catholic Bibles, are the biblical sources. As an aside, religious Jews celebrate Hanukkah to commerate the Maccabean struggle against the Greeks. Schoffman's book helps readers to better understand this conflict.

An important feature of THE DEAD SEAS SCROLLS is the maps and geography of the sites where the Scrolls were found. Alert readers should understand that the Dead Sea Scrolls were written over a long period of time in response to outside political pressures and internal Jewish conflicts. Some of the Scrolls contain parts of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)and are some of the earliest examples of books of the Bible that we know of. Readers should note that some of the biblical books found in The Dead Sea Scrolls are different and either shorter or longer than those contained in contemporary bibles. This is a good topic to investigate.

Most scholars and historians think that memebers of the Essence wrote and edited The Dead Sea Scrolls. One interpretation of these men is that they isolated themselves from both Roman and secular Jewish influences. Schiffman exlained that these men may have been pacifists, but some scholars disagree in that the Essenes were not always so peaceful. The debate is based in part that the Qumran site was a fortress for militant activity. Schiffmann effective argued that this site was NOT a military fortress.

Schiffman further how The Dead Sea Scrolls assist in explaining both the origins of Christianity and the development of Rabbinic Judaism. In other words, The Dead Sea Scrolls are the exclusive domain of either religion. Schiffman makes a good case that THE MISHNA and THE TALMUD were base in part on these scrolls. Schiffman gave both Christians and religious Jews a clear explanation of how THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS contributed to both relisions.

Essentially Schiffman presented a readable account that should satisfy reasonable men whether they are Christian or Jew. Honest scholarship and honest/reasonable debate can coexist if scholars can shed their personal and professional jealously. Serious readers should give this book the serious attention it deserves.
recllaiming the dead sea scroll  Nov 3, 2006
the writter gives a deep doctrine of theology.exellent contribution. i really enjoyed. DR.a.x.g. silva
Jewish literature evaluated from a Jewish perspective  Feb 26, 2003
A very interesting book with a whole new outlook on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Schiffman suggests that years of Christian scholarship has somewhat tainted the study of the scrolls and that a Jewish perspective on the scrolls is long overdue. I especially enjoyed his perspective on the origin of the dead sea sect, tracing their roots possibly to the Sadducees. The first several chapters serve as an introduction to the dead sea scrolls, including the story of their discovery, so if this is your first book on the DSS you should find sufficient background on the subject. He always compares the DSS literature with the practices of other Second Temple Period religious groups and literature, pointing out similarities and differences. I felt that part 2 offered more insight into the lifestyle and mindset of the community who lived at Qumran than anything I've read.
The first book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls as Judaic Texts  Sep 15, 1996
One of the greatest scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence Schiffman, tries to correct the problem of 40 years of Christian reading into the Judaic texts found at Qumran. By exploring the Scrolls as a whole, as well as the main groups of Jews in ancient Israel, Schiffman presents an amazing thesis as to who theses people were, and what schism led them to break from their homes and form this community. A book full of wisdom, and insight, Schiffman leads the reader on a complete exploration of the times, Scrolls, and provides a very helpful glossary for the layman, and scholar alike

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