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In the mid-20th century, one of the most important religious discoveries of all time was made in a series of caves near the Dead Sea, which had hidden remnants of nearly 1,000 texts, some of which were included in the Hebrew Bible and others which were extra-biblical. In addition to being the oldest surviving copies of such documents, the mixture of languages and different kinds of papers helped shed light on the people in the region at the time, making the Dead Sea Scrolls vitally important to the world's major religions.
The impact that these scrolls have had on the fields of biblical studies and the history of Second Temple Judaism can hardly be overstated. As The Oxford Companion to Archaeology put it, "The biblical manuscripts from Qumran, which include at least fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except perhaps for the Book of Esther, provide a far older cross section of scriptural tradition than that available to scholars before. While some of the Qumran biblical manuscripts are nearly identical to the Masoretic, or traditional, Hebrew text of the Old Testament, some manuscripts of the books of Exodus and Samuel found in cave four exhibit dramatic differences in both language and content. In their astonishing range of textual variants, the Qumran biblical discoveries have prompted scholars to reconsider the once-accepted theories of the development of the modern biblical text from only three manuscript families: the Masoretic text, the Hebrew original of the Septuagint, and the Samaritan Pentateuch."
©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors
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By Jan on 12-18-16

Excellent lecture

historical places/events, historical research, religious history, Charles River Editors

Interesting and with a lot more info than I expected. The finding of the scrolls and the community of the Esenes is in the last quarter of the book. The info begins with a review of scribe work and differences in language forms and calligraphy. Noted also is the difference in what is canonical between several sects. All is well referenced at each appropriate point. I have the audio, and Glenn Jerald Koster, Jr does a creditable job of narration despite many of the pronunciations sounding a bit odd to me.

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By genio on 12-10-15


Where does Ancient Artifacts: The Dead Sea Scrolls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the best i got

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What about Glenn Jerald Koster, Jr.’s performance did you like?

good reader and very good book

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it teach how to communicate serious information in a way that keep you awake

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good reader and very good book

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