Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The story of the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls has become a part of Western lore. Who has not heard about the Bedouin shepherd who threw a rock into a cave, heard a crash, went in to explore,...
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The story of the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls has become a part of Western lore. Who has not heard about the Bedouin shepherd who threw a rock into a cave, heard a crash, went in to explore, and found the scrolls? The story in that form may be accurate, but it turns out to be something of a simplification. As a matter of fact, much remains unknown about the exact circumstances under which those scrolls were discovered. The story of the discovery at first deals with just one cave; the other ten were located at later times.
James C. VanderKam (Ph.D., Harvard University) is the John A. OBrien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the international team charged with editing and translating the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls. Some of his published works include The Dead Sea Scrolls Today; An Introduction to Early Judaism; The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile
He has edited twelve volumes in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert and another is in process. He is one of the two editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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