The Dead Sea Scrolls are perhaps the most important archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. These lectures set before the public the real Dead Sea Scrolls, the most important collection of Jewish texts from the centuries before the rise of Christianity. Only through efforts to understand what the scrolls can teach us about the history of Judaism is it possible for us to learn what they have to teach us about the history of Christianity, because Christianity came into being only after these texts were composed and copied. Professor Schiffman leads the listener through the complex details of the Scrolls and their true meaning for the world.
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by Lawrence Block
by Lawrence Schiffman
by John Sandford
by Lawrence Osborne
"As scholars now pore over the finally completed publication of what remains of the Dead Sea Scrolls--5 to 10 percent of what was once close to 900 scrolls--the controversies surrounding them only deepen. Who found them? Who wrote them? How did this seemingly small Qumran sect relate to the rest of Second Temple Judaism, and what specifically did they believe? Most significantly, how do those beliefs affect current Judaism and Christianity? With strong positions to defend on all of these issues, Professor Schiffman's presentation is lively and energetic but polemic in tone. So much debate surrounds the scrolls that nobody involved in their study escapes being tarred by the controversy. To his credit, the good professor labors hard to maintain balance and show the strengths of each position. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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