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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective - Geza Vermes

Collins, 1977, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Gently faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Top edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “In a clear narrative of the sensational appearance of these scrolls and of the ensuing arguments, mistakes and delays, Dr Vermes shows how ‘the greatest manuscript find of modern times’ (W. F. Albright) is now ‘likely to become the academic scandal par excellence of the twentieth century’. But he assembles the key facts about 43 non-biblical documents (some still unpublished) from a vast scholarly literature which he lists selectively and from his own pioneering work; and then he shows what light is thrown on the second and first centuries BC and on the first century AD up to the fateful year 68 when Qumran fell to the Romans. A factual picture of the life of the sectarian monastery at Qumran as reflected in the scrolls is given by a careful assembly of these documents and fragments. Allusions to contemporary events are deciphered where possible, and comparisons between this group (almost certainly Essene) and other movements of the time are drawn; but no attempt is made by Dr Vermes to follow a number of scholars, whom he names frankly, in going beyond the evidence into uncontrolled speculation. The religious ideas of this strange community are expounded for their own sake, and their relevance to Old and New Testament, and Judaic studies is examined. In particular it is shown that our new knowledge, while still defective at many points, opens up a new approach to the origins of Christianity.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 238
ISBN: 0002161427