SHOFAR Winter 1996 Vol. 14, No.2 The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents Withheld for Over 35 Years, by Robert H. Eisenman and Michael Wise. Rockport, MA: Element, 1992. 286 pp. $24.95. The past five years have witnessed a veritable explosion of interest in the Qumran textual corpus, particularly within the popular news media, and the appearance of the present volume fueled no small part of this public ferment. Released by its publishers in time for display at the 1992 Society of Biblical literature conference in San Francisco, the book created a sensation there, eliciting both effusive praise and harsh condemnation, depending upon one's status within what the authors term the "academic curia" (p. 5), i.e., that handful of scholars who prior to 1991 enjoyed official access to the unpublished portions of the Qumran discoveries. Robert Eisenman, chair of the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach, and Michael Wise, Assistant Professor of Aramaic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Chicago, publish herein transcriptions, translations, and exegetical discussions of fifty nonbiblical compositions culled from the photographs of scroll fragments recovered from
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Oct 3, 1996
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