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Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls by Jonathan G. Campbell


Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls by Jonathan G. Campbell

The second edition of this fascinating book is the ideal introduction to the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran and their impact on our understanding of the rise of Christianity. * Introduces the Qumran Scrolls to the uninitiated general reader. * Explains how revolutionary the discovery of the Scrolls was and their enduring significance. * Sets the Scrolls within the wider context of Jewish history and religion of the second temple period. * Now expanded to include additional material about the scrolls themselves and recent theories about the community behind them. This book is not available from Blackwell in the United States and the Philippines.


The new edition is somewhat expanded and brought up to date. The success and usefulness of Campbell's introduction is further demonstrated in a Polish translation of the work. Journal of Jewish Studies Praise for the First Edition: Without being sensational, of all the popular introductions on the market this one explains best how revolutionary the discovery of the Scrolls really was. - Professor P. R. Davies, in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament In Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jonathan Campbell, an established expert on Qumran, has written for students and the general reader a clear, well researched, balanced and highly informative account of the discovery of the Scrolls, the debates surrounding them, and their significance for a better understanding of ancient Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity. - Professor G. Vermes, author of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

About the Author

Jonathan G. Campbell studied at Aberdeen and Oxford and has taught at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Since 1996, he has been teaching Biblical Studies, Hebrew and Judaism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, where he is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and early Judaism. He has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including Use of Scripture in the Damascus Document (1995). Until recently he was Secretary to the British Association for Jewish Studies.

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Publication date

9th September 2002


Jonathan G. Campbell

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Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


240 pages


History of religion



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