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The Story of the Scrolls: The Miraculous Discovery and True Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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From the world's leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, Geza Vermes' The Story of the Scrolls: The Miraculous Discovery and True Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls is an ideal introduction to understanding these ancient documents.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, between 1947 and 1956, was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. Written in Hebrew,
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Penguin
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Greg Franklin
Apr 30, 2010 Greg Franklin rated it really liked it
I bought the book having read a review on the Economist's website. I remembered seeing a flurry of books come out on the subject in the early 90s, but never read any of them. After reading this book, I know why there was a "Scrolls fever" in the 90s! You'll have to read it to find out. It's a pretty short read, but covers the history of scrolls discoveries, the obstacles that prevented the free flow of information to the public, and conclusions about what's actually in the scrolls themselves, in ...more
Mike  Davis
Jul 21, 2015 Mike Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: history, religion
I read this as an amateur student of religious history. The Dead Sea Scrolls have been studied for over 50 years now and although they do not "change" much of what we know about the bible itself, they do offer much insight into the background of the origin of Judeo-Christian texts. Author Vermes was in his 80's when this was written, and as one of the original experts allowed access to the scrolls, his insights and comments are very interesting. Recommended for students of biblical history.
Danny Daley
Nov 03, 2015 Danny Daley rated it really liked it
I've read a few different popular level books on the scrolls, as well as some of the scrolls themselves, and I find the topic fascinating. This book is more narrative driven and far less technical than Timothy Lim's Oxford Short Intro, and better for it, but not quite as engaging as JJ Collins DSS biography.
Vermes covers the discovery, publication, media coverage and controversies of the scrolls very well, but there is where Collins' book is unbeatable. The latter half of Vermes' book, covering
Feb 03, 2014 Beniamin rated it it was amazing
A great book for those that what to know the story of the discovery of the Qumran Scrolls and how the process of revealing them to the normal guys like us happened. Geza Vermes also presents the importance of the scrolls and goes through different theories about the Qumran community. Although not a conservative, I really enojoyed his references to the Bible and his down to earth arguments. Great for those interested in textual criticism as well.
Jul 13, 2015 Patrice rated it really liked it
Vermes is the world expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He translated the scrolls himself and published them in a separate book. I find the subject fascinating but his style of writing rather dry. He also inserts Christian language when the scrolls, everyone agrees, were pre-Christian. At one point he called the ritual baths of the Essenes "baptisms". Lots of little errors like that confuse a very confusing story. I hope to read other sources in the hope that I can clarify my understanding. Still, t ...more
Meriam Kharbat
In 1946, a Shepperd named Muhammed Edh-Dhib, found 7 scrolls inside jars, in the Khirbat of Qumran, near the dead sea. Ever since, research has been conducted, and more scrolls have been found, with total of 972 texts.

Written in Hebrew, The scrolls contained religious text, and associated information, such us non biblical poems and that sort of things.

I started reading this book, in the hope of finding more information about one particular set of scrolls, known as The copper scrolls.

The coppe
Iris AE
Feb 24, 2016 Iris AE rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, finally clears all the rumours that are spread about the Scrolls, and all the myths that recently have been created. Tells the truth, and doesn't look for sensation or revelation, just tells a story about what the Qumran community may have looked like.
Delson Roche
Mar 04, 2015 Delson Roche rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Well, learnt a lot about the scrolls. There is so much of speculation and so much of misunderstanding about the scrolls. Mostly because people don't know about it. Well, truly an eyeopener.
Ben Sloan
Nov 04, 2014 Ben Sloan rated it it was ok
Not bad, just dry and uninteresting.
Mar 31, 2012 thom rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into the discovery and investigation into the Dead Sea Scrolls. This short but engaging book Includes information about the scrolls themselves, their discovery, the lengthy process from their discovery in 1947 to their immensely slow publication, all told reasonably clearly by Vermes, possibly the man in the best position to know. If you have any interest in the scrolls, the history of Judaism and an insight into a sect that was around at the time of Jesus, this is well worth ...more
Josue Manriquez
Apr 29, 2013 Josue Manriquez rated it liked it
This book, written by a very qualified man, is a sweet, historical record of the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, and their significance with regard to Judaism and Christianity.
Feb 15, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
very informative and readable despite the scholarly tone. good preface to reading the scrolls themselves.
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Interesting but dry
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Géza Vermes was a Jewish Hungarian scholar and writer on religious history, particularly Jewish and Christian.
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