The Dead Sea Scrolls
Examines the history of the discovery and current issues surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls.
# 26021 | 2,162 words | 9 sources | APA | 2002 |
Published on Apr 24, 2003 in Archaeology (Ancient History and Mediterranean) , Archaeology (Biblical) , Archaeology (New Discoveries) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)
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What started out as an exploration of some ancient scrolls discovered in the Dead Sea region has become a career for some people, a controversy regarding control of the material and a matter leading to interpretation and reinterpretation of central issues in Christianity. The paper examines the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls, describes the controversies and sets forth current findings.
From the Paper:"One of the best overviews of the Qumran project is provided by Hershel Shanks (1998). Shanks was part of the basic editorial team, involved with the archeological excavations, and the initial work on the scrolls. He was part of the group which decided, in the 1990s, to open up the Qumran scrolls to general access. He discussed the political machinations of the group, as well as the relationship of the scrolls to numerous. For example, one issue is the nature of the Copper Scroll and whether that is essentially a fantasy or a real treasure map."
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