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Published: 24 November 2005

152 Pages | Halftones and line drawings


ISBN: 9780192806598

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

Timothy Lim

Very Short Introductions

  • Introduces the historical and cultural context of the scrolls, through the archaeology and history of the Dead Sea region 2,000 years ago.
  • Provides an accessible account of the leading interpretations of the scrolls, and how they have changed the way we understand the emergence of the Old Testament, Ancient Judaism, and Early Christianity.
  • Discusses the scrolls' rise to the status of cultural icon, beginning with their discovery in the 1940s, to the political, legal, and scholarly controversies that still persist today.
  • Public interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls is at an all time high, thanks in part to books like The Da Vinci Code.