Since their discovery, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been not only invaluable objects of study for scholars but also sought-after public attractions, drawing multitudes of people interested in viewing these fascinating ancient documents. This exhibition catalog features photos and descriptions of the twelve Scroll fragments and over 80 artifacts from the collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority on display at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids in spring 2003.
Allowing everyone to experience this stunning exhibit firsthand, this catalog contains a mix of striking visual images, basic information on the Scrolls, and outstanding original essays by leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholars. Bastiaan Van Elderen introduces the history of the Scrolls. Pnina Shor and Lena Libman describe the conservation of the Scrolls. James VanderKam discusses the importance of calendars in the life of the Qumran community. And, significantly, Emanuel Tov documents for the first time in his own words the history of the publication of the Scrolls, including the controversy surrounding their release, the reasons behind delays in their publication, and other provocative stories.
Exquisitely produced and packed with information, "The Dead Sea Scrolls" will be useful to professionals and general readers for years to come.
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