The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Developmental Composition of the Bible


Author: Eugene Ulrich
Winner of the 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award
Winner of the Frank Moore Cross Award for Best Book in Biblical Studies from ASOR
Winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society 2017 Publication Award for Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible

Eugene Ulrich presents in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Developmental Composition of the Bible ( (also available as paperback) the comprehensive and synthesized picture he has gained as editor of many biblical scrolls. His earlier volume, The Biblical Qumran Scrolls, presented the evidence — the transcriptions and textual variants of all the biblical scrolls — and this volume explores the implications and significance of that evidence.

The Bible has not changed, but modern knowledge of it certainly has changed. The ancient Scrolls have opened a window and shed light on a period in the history of the text’s formation that had languished in darkness for two thousand years. They offer a parade of surprises that greatly enhance knowledge of how the scriptural texts developed through history.

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Eugene Ulrich, Ph.D. (Harvard 1975) is O’Brien Professor emeritus of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and Chief Editor of the Biblical Scrolls. Editor of six volumes of scrolls in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert, he published The Biblical Qumran Scrolls in 2010.
"Those seeking a firm foundation for understanding the latest developments in textual and
canonical studies need look no further. Members of traditional religious communities are not likely to jettison long-revered
Scripture, no matter what its origins or quality. But they, along with everyone else for whom the Bible is important, should read this
thoroughly accessible, clear-sighted volume."
L. J. Greenspoon, Creighton University
Biblical scholars, theologians, Bible translators, students, the educated public, and those interested in the historical development of the Bible, the Second Temple period, and Christian origins; seminary and research libraries.