Unraveling the controversies surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls Since
they were first discovered in the caves at Qumran in 1947, the Dead
Sea Scrolls have aroused more fascination "and controversy "than
perhaps any other archaeological find. They appear to have been
hidden in the Judean desert by the Essenes, a Jewish sect that
existed around the time of Jesus, and they continue to inspire
veneration to this day. In this concise and accessible book, John
Collins tells the story of the scrolls and the bitter conflicts
that have swirled around them since their startling discovery. He
explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an
isolated, quasi-monastic community or more broadly reflected the
Judaism of their time. He unravels the impassioned disputes
surrounding the scrolls and Christianity, and looks at attempts to
oereclaim the scrolls for Judaism after the full corpus became
available in the 1990s. Collins also describes how the decades-long
delay in publishing the scrolls gave rise to sensational claims and
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