|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Publication Date||January 1, 1993|
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The Dead Sea Scrolls comprise the most important manuscript discovery in the field of biblical and early Jewish and Christian studies to have been made in this century. In 1947 the first manuscripts were discovered in a cave high above the shore of the Dead Sea in the vicinity of the ruins of Qumran. In subsequent years ten more caves were unearthed, and in the course of several archaeological campaigns complete scrolls and thousands of fragments of approximately 800 biblical and non-biblical writings were brought to light.Apart from the Qumran discoveries, manuscripts and epigraphs have been found in other locations in the desert of Judah, such as Wadi ed-Daliyeh, Wadi Murabba'at, Khirbet Mird, Nahal Hever, and Masada.The documents from the Judaean Desert date from ca. 300 B.C.E. to 70 C.E. They provide unique and invaluable information on the textual transmission of the Hebrew Bible, and on the history of Ancient Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity.Yet, over forty years after being discovered, a significant part of the documents still awaits official publication. With the publication of "The Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche scholars can for the first time in the history of the study of these documents gain full and easy access to the discoveries. The present comprehensive collection makes available all the known written documents and several artefacts from the Desert of Judah.For the production of this facsimile edition use has been made of photographic archives in Jerusalem, including the Rockefeller Museum and the Shrine of the Book. A total of approximately five thousand photographs are reproduced on high-quality silver halide microfiches which provide forarchival durability and offer a superior half-tone reproduction of the facsimiles.The accompanying printed guide consists of two parts. The first part is formed by an introduction to the edition by Emanuel Tov which includes a chronological table of Judaean Desert surveys, and a unique logbook of the original photographer of the documents. The second part consists of a key to the edition based on the Dead Sea Scrolls Inventory Project conducted by Stephen A. Reed of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, California. This key identifies the contents of the documents included in the edition and facilitates access to the entire corpus of texts.A co-publication with IDC Microform Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.KORTERE VERSIEThe Dead Sea Scrolls comprise the most important manuscript discovery in the field of biblical and early Jewish studies to have been made this century. They were first discovered in 1947 in a cave above the Dead Sea near the ruins of Qumran, and in subsequent years in ten more caves in which approximately 800 manuscripts were finally brought to light.Further manuscripts and epigraphs were also found in the desert of Judah. These documents date from "c. 300 B.C.E. to 70 C.E. They provide unique and invaluable information on the textual transmission of the Hebrew Bible, and on the history of Ancient Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity. Yet many of these documents still remain unpublished more than forty years after their discovery. With the publication of the "Dead Sea Scrolls on Microfiche scholars can for the first time in history gain full access to the discoveries.The present collection makes available all the knownwritten documents and several artifacts from the Desert of Judah. This edition contains some five thousand high quality photographs and is accompanied by a printed guide which is based on the Dead Sea Scroll Inventory Project from the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, California.A co-publication with IDC, Leiden, The Netherlands.