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John Marco Allegro

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This book is the first to fully explore the life and ideas of John Marco Allegro (1923-1988), freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the church, the team of scholars in charge of...

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This book is the first to fully explore the life and ideas of John Marco Allegro (1923-1988), freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the church, the team of scholars in charge of editing the Scrolls, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity. As the first British member of the Scrolls editing team, Allegro shared the excitement, the insights, and the eyestrain of deciphering these invaluable ancient fragments. He made it possible for the Copper Scroll, a mysterious listing of treasure, to be opened in Manchester and did much to focus worldwide attention on the Scrolls as a whole. But he made his name -- or gained his notoriety -- by questioning orthodox assumptions about the Christian church's origins and authority. Allegro went on challenging the establishment all his life, and he relished the arguments he provoked. For over thirty years he campaigned for open access to the Scrolls and for wider debate about their significance. To him it was a campaign for free speech and free opinion. Judith Anne Brown's "John Marco Allegro" is a fascinating, probing, inside account of this irrepressibly original man. Making extensive use of Allegro's letters, lecture notes, draft manuscripts, and other previously unpublished writings, Brown brings to life afresh the extraordinary discoveries and debates that began in the caves by the Dead Sea over half a century ago.
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Brown explores the life and work of John Allegro, freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the Church, the editing team, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity.
-Publisher

This book explores the life and work of John Allegro, freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the Church, the editing team, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 228413
  • Product Code 0802828493
  • EAN 9780802828491
  • Pages 288
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Mar 2005
  • Dimensions 248 x 171 x 32mm
  • Weight 0.635kg

Judith Anne Brown

Judith Anne Brown is the daughter of John Marco Allegro, a freelance writer and editor, and an associate of the Plain Language Commission. Her work on John Marco Allegro also appears in Manchester and the Dead Sea Scrolls (forthcoming), edited by George J. Brooke. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband and two children.

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