The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • by Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman
  • Narrated by Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman presents the real Dead Sea Scrolls. In doing so, this widely published authority on Judaic studies imparts a clear understanding of what the Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. The discovery of the Scrolls is itself a thing of legend. As the story goes, a Bedouin boy discovered the Scrolls in a cave in 1947 while looking for a missing goat. But as Professor Schiffman explains, even this simple story is more complicated than it first appears. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long, torturous road to full publication to the contentious haggling over dating, meaning, and translation of the Scrolls, has been shrouded in controversy - so much so that even otherwise respected academics have succumbed to the "curse of the Scrolls" by committing serious errors in their Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship. The Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of numerous sensationalistic articles in tabloid publications. All manner of people with outrageous theories, including apocalyptic groups and those who believe that the Scrolls contain some hidden message that will lead to man's salvation, have used the Scrolls to further their agenda. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman engages listeners with a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls, the times in which the Scrolls were kept, and the Jewish sectarians who lived in the Dead Sea community. First and foremost, Professor Schiffman clarifies one of the biggest and most widespread misunderstandings about the Scrolls, which is simply this: The Scrolls were not Christian texts nor do they contain any references to Jesus or John the Baptist. The Scrolls, in fact, pre-dated Christianity by many years. By dispersing this myth of the Scrolls as Christian texts, the invaluable insights the Scrolls provide can finally be appreciated.

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the scrolls- dehyped and demystified

The scrolls have been one of those mysteries I've wanted to learn more about. This book more than does the job!
The author does well to fill you in on all the background such as how the scrolls were discovered and relevant Jewish (and a little Christian) history. With many new terms and names to keep track of, it can be challenging to follow at times.
Unfortunately the scrolls are less mysterious than the media has hyped them up to be. For example they discuss issues of ritual purity of vessels and other Jewish-law differences of opinion hence you may be left feeling deflated if you were expecting something more dramatic! That said there is a lot more to the scrolls which he does cover. He also covers a lot of the fanciful ideas attested to the scrolls and Jewish-Christian debates about the scrolls and their relevance Jesus (if any) that have been presented in the media.
The scrolls for me are a mystery no more!
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- Abubakar

Compelling and erudite series of lectures

Presented in an informal direct style, the lectures are easy to follow and at times entertaining and amusing. In spite of this they reflect very deep knowledge and relable scholarly research that increases the appeal of the subject. They are delivered with clarity and engaging enthusiasm. I have thoroughly enjoyed them and will seek more knowledge from this this eminent professor
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books