This book, written jointly by two distinguished Qumran scholars, attempts to provide answers to some important questions that have been discussed recently in media reports on the Dead Sea Scrolls, such as: have certain manuscripts been suppressed?; do the manuscripts question substantial aspects of the Jewish and Christian traditions?; do the roots of Early Christianity derive from the Essene movement?; and more.
This volume offers solid and up-to-date information on the literary heritage, the social organization and the religious beliefs of the Qumran community and its links with Early Christianity. It gives the reader an opportunity to look behind the scenes of the research of the Dead Sea texts and the ongoing scholarly debate on the origins of the Essene movement and the Qumran sect.
Florentino García Martínez, a pre-eminent specialist of Qumran Studies, is Professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he heads the Qumran Institute, and Professor at the Catholic University in Leuven. He is a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and editorial secretary of the
Revue de Qumran and the
Journal for the Study of Judaism. García Martínez has written numerous books and articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including
Qumran and Apocalyptic and Studies on the Aramaic Texts of Qumran (Brill, 1992).
Julio Trebolle Barrera is Professor of Hebrew and Aramaic and Director of the Institute of Religious Studies at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He is a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and has written and edited several books on the textual and literary criticism of the Bible and on contemprorary biblical hermeneutics, such as
La Biblia judaia y la Biblia cristiana (Madrid, 1993), and
The Madrid Qumran Congress (Leiden/Madrid, 1992).
...there is a wealth of helpful information and analysis in this collection for the more advanced student or teacher. García Martínez and Trebolle Barrera are to be commended for collecting these essays in one convenient volume...' Todd S. Beall,
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1999.