By Hartmut Stegemann

The amazing discoveries at Qumran are unveiled during this compelling quantity through one of many world's preferable specialists on biblical archaeology and the traditional Qumran neighborhood. Drawing at the better of present learn and a radical wisdom of all of the useless Sea Scrolls, Hartmut Stegemann analyzes the aim of the Qumran cost, paints an image of ways lifestyle was once carried on there, explores the relation of the Qumran group to John the Baptist, to Jesus, and to early Christianity, and uncovers the real nature of the Qumran writings, which proceed to have a profound impression on religious study this day

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Had the reader himself undertaken this rolling procedure on his lap while crouching in the reading room, the precious scroll would have been subject to damage all too easily. The librarian also took care of rolling the manuscript back up on his special platform after it had been read. The long manuscripts had to be rolled up evenly and tightly if they were to stay durable. Rolling them up freehand or on the lap would have been technically unfeasible. In antiquity, scrolls did not yet have rods at the beginning and end with handles to facilitate rolling and unrolling, as is customary in synagogues today.

The common workplace of all of these scholars — ordinarily their sole common meeting place — was the Scrollery of the Rockefeller Museum. True, that room had been created and arranged with a careful eye to its purpose, but it did not operate after the fashion of a religious house. I can testify to that, since from 1964 on I worked there several times, until it was eventually dismantled and the Qumran fragments were moved to the basement of the Museum, where they still are today. Furthermore, the portrait in The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception of Père Roland de Vaux, who died in 1971, as a narrow-minded watchdog of the faith in the service of Rome showers on his head all of the scorn with which the book consistently characterizes him and the whole École Biblique.

Furthermore, the editors of the original team progressively sought to include other experts in their enterprise, as they were now awash in the difficulties of solid work on their manuscript material. The team member most strongly denounced in The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, John Strugnell, had, by the time of the onset of his burdensome health problems at the end of 1990, already transferred most of his texts to others, especially to Israelis and Americans. Much of this material has already appeared in excellent editions.

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