Collins’ book offers one of the most engaging and systematic introductions available to issues surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS), from their discovery to their interpretation, their relationship to the site of Khirbet Qumran, and their place in scholarly and public circles over the last sixty‐five years (now seventy). This volume is a recent addition to Princeton's Lives of Great Religious Books Series and its purpose is “to ask what difference the Scrolls have made to the study of ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and to probe what has been at stake in the debates that have often been so acrimonious” (p. xii). As such, this book is exceptional in its breadth and depth, touching upon all the keys debates pertaining to the nature of the Scrolls, theories of their composition, their relationship to Khirbet Qumran, the nature of the settlement at Qumran, and disputes surrounding the Scrolls’ publication and access by scholars and the general public. Collins weaves together the story of the Scrolls from their discovery to the present like a master storyteller.His first chapter is on the discovery of the Scrolls. He moves from the conflicting details around their origin to the first authentications of the
Journal of Religious History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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