The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition is a practical reference tool to facilitate access to the Qumran collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls. It contains newly edited Hebrew and Aramaic transcriptions and English translations of the non-biblical scrolls on facing pages, arranged by serial number from Cave 1 to Cave 11. In addition, it offers a summary of the contents of the biblical scrolls from Qumran. Each Q-number is provided with a heading which contains the essential information on the text and selected bibliographical references. Although unidentified and unclassified fragments have been omitted, and no snippets of manuscripts have been reproduced, this edition aims to be complete for the non-biblical scrolls.
The work is primarily intended for classroom use and for use by specialists from other disciplines who need a reliable compendium to all the materials found. It will also be useful as a companion for those studying the original manuscripts using the microfiche or CD-ROM editions of the scrolls.
A considerable part of the materials was already accessible in translation in The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated (Wilfred G.E. Watson, Translator). This translation has served as the base-text of the translations presented in this edition, but has been thoroughly checked and corrected by the authors.
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. 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. Studies on the Aramaic Texts of Qumran (
Brill, Leiden 1992),
The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English (
Brill, Leiden 1994),
The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Writings, Beliefs and Practices (
Brill, Leiden 1995), and
A Bibliography of the Finds in the Desert of Judah, 1970-95, (
Brill, Leiden 1996).
Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Ph.D. (1994), Groningen, is Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen
A remarkable achievement.'
Dead Sea Discoveries.
After what seems like an eternity we can finally replace Lohse on our shelves.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.
The authors are to be congratulated for producing a well-conceived and well-executed work that will be of immense pratical value to students and scholars alike. '
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
These volumes are clearly the standard for students, and they will also be extremely helpful for specialists…a welcome addition to the growing number of research tools on the texts from Qumran.'
Fred W. Burnett,
Religious Studies Review, 2001.