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The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  189 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The first complete translation and interpretation of fifty key documents withheld for over thirty-five years. Critically acclaimed.
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Element Books (first published November 1st 1992)
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David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 David Withun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Now that all of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been published, this book is pretty much pointless. And Eisenman's theories are a stretch, to say the least.
Ian Chapman
Jan 16, 2013 Ian Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an important work, in that it broke the monopoly of scholarship around the Dead Sea Scrolls. Previously an elitist group led by an aristocratic French Catholic cleric controlled academic access and monopolised interpretation. The almost thuggish jewish style shown by Eisenman in approach, writing and interpretation is not inappropriate after decades of refined elitism, giving a new dimension to history. In religious terms the Qumran community are shown as Sadducee zealots, partly milita ...more
Rick Massey
Sep 11, 2012 Rick Massey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Eisenman was instrumental breaking the monopoly on the majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were kept hidden from the rest of us for more than thirty years. This is the fascinating story of how and why he did it.
Feb 26, 2008 Schramm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very slow read. Mostly boring, but every so often a tid bit of interesting information pops out at you to keep you interested.
May 17, 2010 Betsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-reccommend
Interesting history and material. I did not feel the author know how to write the book was more like a boring lecture.
Robert Anton-Erik
May 08, 2016 Robert Anton-Erik rated it really liked it
A critically important work even today. I have to disagree with other reviewers' claims that scholarship has moved on or that this book is now pointless. The commentary and translations in this book highlight the ubiquitous vocabulary used across the sectarian texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. All other translations that I have read obscure significant commonly used terms. I think it necessary to read and compare several translations to even begin to understand what's going on in the Scrolls.
Jun 18, 2015 Ippino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
Molto interessante.
L'unico difetto è il registro piuttosto "alto" delle introduzioni ai vari Rotoli: è un libro scritto da accademici per accademici.
Non troppo divulgativo; c'è poco spazio per le spiegazioni al volgo.
Bill Kuykendall
Robert Eisenman was the person most responsible for forcing the release of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1993 -- after they had been hidden from view for nearly 40 years.
Oma Eagle
Feb 04, 2016 Oma Eagle rated it really liked it
I have 1992 edition.
The authors refer to textes that are in a very bad shape and build their base on guesses. Even that they are most probably right because they talk of knowledge they got from other sciences, they let it seem as if it is based on the scrolls. They show parts of the scrolls, with a few signs recognizable and base on that as if it had been a page that was clearly readable.

Maybe try to reread it in the future.
Jonnie Enloe
Sep 28, 2011 Jonnie Enloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Outside of a comparative study of some type, read on it's own, it is simply difficult. Nothing wrong with author or subject. Hard to read about bits of papyrus with text fragments, one after the other with history hanging on each one.
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