The Dead Sea Scrolls

A Short History

Author: Weston Fields
Who discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls? When and where were they discovered? How were they saved? Who has them now? Will more be discovered? Have all the scrolls been published? Are some still hidden away? Were there conspiracies to suppress some scrolls? How do the scrolls affect Christianity and Judaism? How similar are the biblical scrolls to our Bible today? These and other questions are answered in The Dead Sea Scrolls. A Short History, which offers information from exclusive interviews and unpublished archives.

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Weston W. Fields, PhD., has been Executive Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation in Jerusalem since 1991. He taught at Grace College and Theological Seminary for ten years and at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College) for seven years. For the past fifteen years he has worked closely with the editors of the official publication of the scrolls. Since 1999 he has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States in order to interview everyone from the first generation of scrolls scholars then alive, including those who discovered the scrolls in the 1950s, or were the first to reconstruct them. As a result of these personal meetings he has amassed a large and diverse collection of personal letters, papers, and archives related to the first scrolls scholars, especially the famous Qumran Cave 4 Team.
"The abundance of photos distinguishes this volume from most of the standard introductions to the scrolls, and occasionally details in the text increase one’s anticipation of the more expansive, fully documented publication to come." , "Though not intended for academic purposes, professors nevertheless might use it as a supplementary text in courses on the Dead Sea Scrolls for the information in chapter 1 and the excellent photographs.". - Eric F. Mason, Judson University, Elgin, Illinois (USA)