Collins vividly recounts how a Bedouin shepherd went searching for a lost goat and found the scrolls instead. He offers insight into debates over whether the Essenes were an authentic Jewish sect and explains why such questions are critical to our understanding of ancient Judaism and to Jewish identity. Collins explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an isolated, quasi-monastic community living at Qumran, or whether they more broadly reflect the Judaism of their time. And he unravels the impassioned disputes surrounding the scrolls and Christianity. Do they anticipate the early church? Do they undermine the credibility of the Christian faith? Collins also looks at attempts to "reclaim" the scrolls for Judaism after the full corpus became available in the 1990s, and at how the decades-long delay in publishing the scrolls gave rise to sensational claims and conspiracy theories.
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By Marilyn Lame' on 04-12-14
If you could sum up The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography in three words, what would they be?
Informative, Educational, Well~read
What did you like best about this story?
I consider this Non~fiction & So interesting
What does Mark Moseley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
well I usually fall asleep when I try to read. I am legally blind. Instructive voice easy to take notes!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
...the truth you've never heard
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My Husband and I enjoyed the education . We love History! If U watch the History channel and H2 on T.V. , U will like this! So much to learn. We will listen over again :)
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