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The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents withheld for Over 35 Years [Paperback]

By Robert H. Eisenman (Author) & Michael Wise (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1993
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN  0140232508  
EAN  9780140232509  
UPC  051488016007  

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Two scholars compile and interpret fifty documents that are key and previously inaccessible portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Reprint.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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; and Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford University. The consultant to the Huntington Library in its decision to free the Scrolls, he was the leading figure in the worldwide campaign to gain access to the Scrolls. A National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, he was a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies.

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Dead Sea Scrolls  Mar 31, 2008
From a Historianary perspective this is a great book to have. The text is revealed here with lots of commentary.

These texts are not complete for much of it has been lost. Sort of a dry read but gives quite a bit of interesting info.
Qumran Texts, A Historian's Perspective  Feb 13, 2006
I read a hardback edition of this book published by Barnes and Noble in 1994.

The book presents the Hebrew or Aramaic text of the 55 best-quality scrolls from the Qumran Community, with their English translation, analyses, commentary and background historical and thematic from the translators. This is the first publication of many of these texts, and the first translation and interpretation by a truly international independent group of scholars.

This collection represents a selection of documents out of the 150 fairly complete items out of the total store of over 500 total documents. The authors had to reconstruct the fragments of the scrolls in Hebrew or Aramaic, since many of the scrolls were damaged, or had variant readings. They provide extensive explanations on decisions made and areas of uncertainty and difficulty.

This is also the first publication of Dead Sea Scrolls processed by historians. The early, highly proprietary group were primarily linguists and theologians, and the Dominican Ecole Biblique denied other scholars access to the scrolls for many years. The authors of this volume provide excellent historical background and connections with the individual texts presented here.

They provide extensive critical comparisons with Old Testament, historical and New Testament texts, critically analyzing conceptual themes, verbal usage and theological implications of the Qumran community. Many themes and terminology found in the New Testament and other early Christian literature appears in the Quran documents presented here.

The texts published and analyzed here definitively disprove the early "Essene" theory of Qumran. Likewise these text seem to clearly present the concepts of a single Messiah, with both David kingly traits and priestly traits, not the two-Messiah idea proposed in earlier theories based on limited texts.

As well, these texts clarify that the Qumran community was NOT opposed to the Temple priesthood, although they were purists in terms of procedure, and natinlalist, even xenophobic in their outlook. The author's commentaries also clarify the distinction between different "Sadducee" (Zadok) groups, pre-Herod and in the Herodian period.

They also clarify that during the Herodian period, which includes the events of the New Testament Gospels, there were two groups of Sadducees even then. One group was non-collaborative, while the prominent Sadducees were aligned with (the authors say dominated by) the Pharisees, in their cooperation with the Roman authorities. This explains much about the situation the life of Jesus and the events in his last days before crucifixion.
Its Value is as a Commentary on 50 DSS  Jan 26, 2003
_DSS Uncovered_ was first published in 1992 shortly after the embargo on the Scrolls had been broken. Eisenman and Wise played key roles in those events.Unfortunately _DSS Uncovered_ will be largely remembered for its sensational aspects. Chief among these is the "pierced messiah" text, Eisenman's interpretation of 4Q285. (On this matter Eisenman has since recanted according to none other than Wise who wrote this in _The Dead Sea Scrolls_ on page 292.)

This is not to fault the translations. I have no particular problem with the translations offered by E&W. For example, in 4Q521 E&W suggest "resurrect the dead" for VMTIM YCHYH. Perhaps a more literal translation might be "enliven the dead." However is there that much difference between raising from the dead and enlivening a person? In the thinking of the people of the place and time of the DSS, one raised a person from the dead by enlivening them and enlivening them "raised" them from the realm of the dead.

As a digressive thought, I might warn that the reader ought to be aware that fragment and column numbers, and sometimes scroll numbers, change from book to book. There are changes between the two books by Garcia-Martinez on the DSS texts. This is just a hazard of DSS studies.

Hopefully the above matters will not overshadow the usefulness of this book. There are transliterations, translations, and most of all...commentaries on 50 different DSS texts. E&W are quite right to point out that their 50 texts compares favorably with the volume of DSS texts which had been published up to that time. Also the commentaries point out to the reader esoteric allusions, interrelationships between the texts, and the beauty of some of the texts as well.

The real and enduring value of _DSS Uncovered_ is in its commentary.

The Dead Sea Scrolls -- The Supplement  Sep 10, 2002
This book contains fifty short texts recovered from the Qumran caves, all fragmentary and some much worse than others.

The texts are grouped thematically into chapters, each chapter beginning with an introduction explaining the genre of text in question. For each text, the authors/editors give you a discussion/analysis, touching on relevant context and highlighting ideas that appear in the text, the Hebrew transliteration of the text (in contemporary Hebrew characters), and a translation. In addition, the center of the book contains a series of black and white photos, some of the area (Wadi Qumran and its caves, Masada) and some of the scroll fragments.

I've casually cross-checked the 50 texts in this volume against my larger edition of the Scrolls (Geza Vermes's translation), and many -- perhaps all -- of the fifty are also contained in the larger edition. What's different here, and what makes this book valuable, is the different translation (designed to emphasize, by vocabulary choice, points of commonality with the Jamesian Christian writings of the New Testament) and the commentary.

The fragmented texts reveal a community that was xenophobic, nationalistic, militant, pro-Maccabean and wildly apocalyptic. In addition, certain specific doctrines are clearly illuminated, including the resurrection of the dead and a single (as opposed to dual) Messiah.

The authors therefore paint a different picture of the Qumran community from proponents of the "Essene Theory" (like Geza Vermes). This makes for interesting reading of the texts in this book and also informs alternative understandings of other Dead Sea Scrolls texts. Very, very interesting.

Interesting subject, dry book.  Jun 7, 1999
The subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a fascinating one. But the book was very dry and tedious to read.

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