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The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception

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The oldest Biblical manuscripts in existence, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near Jerusalem in 1947, only to be kept a tightly held secret for nearly fifty more years, until the Huntington Library unleashed a storm of controversy in 1991 by releasing copies of the Scrolls. In this gripping investigation authors Baigent and Leigh set out to discover how a small co ...more
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Published April 12th 1993 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster (first published 1991)
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In 1947, many old scrolls were found in several caves near Qumran along the shores of the Dead Sea. They were very old, but their significance was not immediately recognized. Eventually, most of them found their way into the hands of the Ecole Biblique, a Dominican-owned-and-operated research institution in what was then part of Jordan. The scrolls appeared to date from around 200 B.C. to 70 A.D. and were originally thought to be the work of the Essenes, a monastic group of pacifistic Jews who r ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Many have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, only a few have read them in a modern translation, and even less people were able to study the originals. I have an English translation called The Dead Sea Scriptures by Theodor H. Gaster dating back from 1976. In their 1991 title The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh offer you their encounters with the deceptive process and productivity of archeology, theology and paleography researchers involved in the exploration of the Scro ...more
Kenneth Wilkinson
When you read a book that questions other research it's important to check how conclusions are reached and why. If a translator goes through the work and gives a faithful translation with a careful study of history and archeology to match, then you get an article that's useful. When other "scholars" try to cast doubt on the earlier work they have a clear bias. When they say there was a deception, they are accusing the others of intentionally falsifying things. True scholars may question material ...more
Sondra Wolferman
Apr 07, 2011 Sondra Wolferman rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody with an open mind.
Whether you agree or disagree with the authors' conclusions, this is a riveting story about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and information contained therein that challenges long-held beliefs about the origins of Christianity. The first half of the book describes how an international team of scholars with ties to the Catholic Church monopolized the scrolls for up to thirty years, deliberately withholding information from the public that contradicted the Church's version of historical event ...more
I love a good mystery and the real - life events surrounding the discovery, ownership and scholarship concerning these documents has been nothing short of amazing.

More than 50 years after the discovery, the general public ie: Christian public still has no idea what's contained in them since much of the scholarship was controlled by the Catholic church itself; and the protestant churches really don't want to know.

This book presents evidence that 'the faith' was hijacked by Paul and that the 'oth
Erik Graff
Jan 15, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Qumran fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: religion
This book is by two of the folks who brought the world The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and, so, indirectly, The DaVinci Code and the movie The Matrix. Like Holy Blood, this book is highly speculative and the authors are not experts in the field. What they do know is Freemasonry and some of the more exotic traditions associated with it, traditions that they try to tie up into a neat ball along with the origins of Christianity.

The exposition of the scholarly turf fight over the Qumran scrolls an
Interesting insight but the author's personal views tainted the accuracy of certain sections or at least brought in into question
John Mountford
It won't change the world, but it will entertain you if you enjoy religious conspiracy, as I do. Worth a read.
If you actually want to know about the theories concerning Qumran, I suggest you read books written by the scholars themselves. Not books by these guys.

This book is very biased towards Allegro and other like-minded scholars, and filled with just plain ad hominems and "poisoning the well" when it comes to De Vaux and his team.

The authors very quickly jump into conclusions and announce that they have proven something, and by the end of the book, everything is just a big mess. I laughed out loud a
Tamsin Ramone
Well written, well researched and non bias. It's a great book for anyone wanting to know the conspiracy behind the publications of these ancient documents.
Josh Baker
Interesting theories and academic history, but relies too heavily on other's opinions. Gets bogged down with what feels like a vengeful bias. First half is very interesting to anyone who is studying the scrolls. It just got a little too personal for my tastes. Important book for anyone studying this material in that you need to be familiar with all positions. Interesting Qumron-Damascas theory in contrast to Hyam Maccoby's speculation.
Gemma Franks
I loved reading this book, it is so informative and blows what we think we know about Christianity out of the water. It is a great book to read if you are already sceptical about religion as it serves to dispel myths about Jesus and his origins. Definitely worth the read. Am most assuredly going to read it again!
C1991: What a read this was. Eye opening. I happen to like the research style of these 2 authors although sometimes I think that their conclusions are based on assumptions and some times a leap of faith. However, this book, too, is highly recommended. FWFTB: caves, Jerusalem, scandal, hidden, struggle.
James Violand
A conspiracy! Yeah, that's it! A conspiracy! Bull. Anyone who has an interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls should read summaries of them or Millar Burrows book first. Then you may appreciate it for its bluster. It is clearly biased against the Roman Catholic Church.
Scientific treatment of the fragments translation and the history of this effort. The scrolls definitely contain monastic rules of conduct as much as an assortment of religious texts. Some indications that there were women among the faithful.
Overly speculative, but thought-provoking. Too much about the conspiracy/cover-up and not enough on the scrolls, though maybe that's because the book came out the very same year the scrolls were finally made fully public. Bad timing.
It is amazing to me how the scrolls can be used by some to discount Christ and his role on Earth. I just find the similarities to the bible a testament of the 12 tribes of Israel and Christ's message to visit his other sheep.
Waleed Alshaiji
كتاب رائع ومهم جداً. مع تحفظي على استنتاجات بيجنت و لي ، خصوصا بعد قراءتي لكتابهم الاشهر الدم والمقدس والكاس المقدسة والذي يكشف بيجنت فيه بعد بحث مضني لف على اثره القارة العجوز والشرق الاقصىالى نتيجة مضحكة.
somewhat sensational report of the catholic churches alleged efforts to suppress key dead sea scroll material. interesting side discussions of the field led me to additional scholarly reading.
Interesting history of the battle to get the Dead Sea Scrolls released to biblical scholars in their entirety and some theories on why church authorities withheld publication for so long.
The archeological scandal of the 20th century. Anyone intersted in the origins of christianity would find this informative.
The Deception is not worth a whole book. Hence why they don't get into it until the very end for basically a chapter.
Title in German:
Verschlußsache Jesus. Die Qumranrollen und die Wahrheit über das frühe Christentum
This is going to take awhile...
good, very interesting
Paul is me!!!!
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Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.

Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has
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