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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation ❴Read❵ ➳ The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation Author Anonymous – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judean desert between and was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time Hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existen The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls Sea Scrolls: PDF/EPUB ç in the Judean desert betweenandwas one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time Hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus, The Dead eBook Ï the Scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism, and the origins of Christianity This fully revised edition of the classic English translation by Geza Vermes, the world s leading scholar on the subject, offers an astonishing look into the Dead Sea Scrolls: ePUB ☆ organization, customs, and beliefs of the community at Qumran Enhanced by much previously unpublished material and a new preface, this will remain the authoritative translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls for years to come.


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  1. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    A rare look inside an isolationist Jewish cult14 September 2012 I suspect that Vermes is probably the foremost expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls since it seems that every book about it is either written, or edited, by him, but then that is simply an observation that I have made For those not familiar with these ancient documents they were found hidden in a cave by the Dead Sea in about 1947 by a young shepherd and they have been classified as one of the most significant archaeological finds of the A rare look inside an isolationist Jewish cult14 September 2012 I suspect that Vermes is probably the foremost expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls since it seems that every book about it is either written, or edited, by him, but then that is simply an observation that I have made For those not familiar with these ancient documents they were found hidden in a cave by the Dead Sea in about 1947 by a young shepherd and they have been classified as one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last century Basically they are a collection of scrolls written by a Roman era Jewish sect known as the Essenes and among the many non biblical scrolls they also contain a complete copy of the book of Isaiah and pretty much sections of every other book of the Old Testament, and most importantly, some of these scroll date back to at least 100 BC In fact, other than the Babylonian tablets and the Egyptian wall writings, they are probably some of the oldest texts that we have The Essenes were an isolationist Jewish sect that had become disgusted with both sides of Jewish politics, being those collaborating with Rome and those rebelling against Rome, and took the third option leave society and go an establish your own, pure, society in the middle of the desert These scrolls actually contain details of their cleansing rituals as well as admission requirements for new members In fact, they appear to be very cultish, effectively rejecting the world of the day and having pretty much nothing to do with it They would be very similar to some of the isolationist Christian cults that we see around the place, though probably closer to say the likes of Branch Davidian than some of the cults that actually abide by the rules of society, while living separate from them remember, the whole Branch Davidian fiasco really came down to the fact that they we so isolationist that they refused to pay taxes, which is why the FBI came down so hard of them they were not terrorists like the Jewish Zealots were These scrolls also give us an insight into the ways that the Old Testament books were written, in that we have a number of scrolls which contain merely outlines of the books rather than the complete text itself, as well as commentaries on various aspects of these books The Essenes were very traditional Jews, so the scrolls really only contain literature that relates to Jewish Literature than to any of the foreign influences that we find in the Gnostic Gospels The Jewish mind set of the day was generally to reject anything that was not Jewish unless you were a collaborator and then all bets were off These scrolls are pre Christian, and in fact pre Christ, so despite suggestions to the contrary, there are no New Testament documents among the collection However, we do have glimpses of the idea of the Messiah in these texts and what the Essenes at least were looking for However, it appears that they were not looking for one, but two, separate Messiahs, one being a teacher and another being a ruler Many of the fundamentalist Jews of the day were expecting a warrior King, along the line of David and Joshua, rather than a king of Wisdom, along the line of Moses and Solomon This also comes out amongst the scrolls, particularly with references to the Kittim, which we understand as being the Romans Remember, things were different in those days in that it was a lot easier to isolate oneself from society that it is now Despite the vast tracks of emptiness that cover the world, it is difficult for us Westerners to live a self sufficient lifestyle the government will always intrude Now I do not necessarily consider modern government to be a bad thing, but I am not all in favour of the current practices either In a way I consider that governments are a necessary evil It differed for the Jews than to me though because I am a citizen of my nation state, whereas the Jews were an occupied people Whatever freedoms they had were always dictated to them by the Roman legate


  2. E Owen E Owen says:

    I ve been itching to read this for a long time as it is undeniably one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century I was unaware that prior to the discovery of the scrolls, no existing Hebrew examples of the Old Testament survived from before the birth of Christ many thanks to the wandering Bedouin shepherd who came across the caves The Holy Land at this time was being pressed by external influences namely the Greeks and Romans and fizzing with different Jewish groups su I ve been itching to read this for a long time as it is undeniably one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century I was unaware that prior to the discovery of the scrolls, no existing Hebrew examples of the Old Testament survived from before the birth of Christ many thanks to the wandering Bedouin shepherd who came across the caves The Holy Land at this time was being pressed by external influences namely the Greeks and Romans and fizzing with different Jewish groups such the Zealots, Sadducees and Pharisees the latter two Jesus had a few run ins with The texts provide a fascinating insight into the Essenes, a Jewish sect who lived a strictly regimented and ascetic existence The scrolls illuminate their religious practices and outlooks at this time as well as some of their stricter rules Whoever has spoken a foolish word shall do penance for 20 days and will be excluded for 3 monthswhoever interrupts the words of his companion and lets himself go will do penance for 10 days and whoever lies down and falls asleep at the meeting shall be excluded for 30 days and do penance for 10 dayswhoever has guffawed foolishly making his voice heard shall be excluded for 30 days and shall do penance for 15 dayswhoever has drawn out his left hand to gesticulate with it, shall do penance for 10 days I would be doing a lot of penance had I been an Essene I really enjoyed the lyricism of the thanksgiving hymns Who among thy great and marvellous creatures can stand in the presence of thy glory How then can he who returns to his dust For thy glory s sake alone hast thou made all these things and even the sternest moralising scrolls have translated well into a poetic English Much of the latter half of the book is preoccupied with secondary apocryphal stories of the biblical prophets and scrolls dealing with biblical interpretation and the end of days A fleeting reference is made to the son of God that is, the Messiah To conclude with The Copper Scroll is a tantalising one, as it is a list of where the supposed riches of the Essenes may be located and how to access them Between the two tamarisk trees in the Vale of Akhon, in their midst dig three cubits There there are two pots full of silver I dare anyone to not feel at least a little bit like Indiana Jones reading that All in all, a fascinating read


  3. Ethan Ethan says:

    An accessible translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls DSS.Vermes was a great scholar, well attuned to Rabbinic texts and thus the history of Judaism, and this is reflected in his treatment of the DSS The introduction may be long but it is thorough, discussing the circumstances of the discovery of the DSS, a history of the translation of the DSS, what is to be learned from the DSS, a survey of scholastic opinion regarding the relationship between the DSS and Qumran, and of course a great analysis An accessible translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls DSS.Vermes was a great scholar, well attuned to Rabbinic texts and thus the history of Judaism, and this is reflected in his treatment of the DSS The introduction may be long but it is thorough, discussing the circumstances of the discovery of the DSS, a history of the translation of the DSS, what is to be learned from the DSS, a survey of scholastic opinion regarding the relationship between the DSS and Qumran, and of course a great analysis of the Essene Jewish community at Qumran as reflected in the DSS Further, each individual text has an introduction describing its contents to the best of our understanding It should be noted that this collection does not include the Biblical texts discovered in the caves around Qumran but does include everything else the community s sectarian texts, apocryphal and pseudepigraphal texts, commentaries on the Biblical texts, compositions written according to the themes of the Biblical texts, etc Vermes consolidates texts which feature many manuscripts and notes which manuscripts underlie which sections The translation effectively communicates the meaning of the texts in English Many of the texts demand some level of understanding of Second Temple Judaism, and this is where the introduction will prove quite helpful to the non specialist.This is a highly recommended translation of the DSS especially for those who are interested in learningabout them but are not specialists in the field


  4. Danielle Danielle says:

    Biblical bonus content Not really any surprises here The passage about all the men in the city stoning rebellious teens to death was pretty choice, though I ll definitely keep that one in the holster for potential future children.


  5. Mark Mark says:

    First, I will admit, I did not read this entire book, I used this as a reference guide to accompany a lecture course I listened to from Great Courses on the Dead Sea Scrolls As a reference book, this book is excellent I did read the introduction which gives a background of the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls The bulk of this book however, is the Translation of every Dead Sea Scroll that has been found to date Each scroll has a caption, a brief explanation of the scroll and First, I will admit, I did not read this entire book, I used this as a reference guide to accompany a lecture course I listened to from Great Courses on the Dead Sea Scrolls As a reference book, this book is excellent I did read the introduction which gives a background of the discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls The bulk of this book however, is the Translation of every Dead Sea Scroll that has been found to date Each scroll has a caption, a brief explanation of the scroll and then the actual translation.Each scroll is labeled according to the number system i.e 4Q266 and then which column or fragment is being translated Missing parts or questioned parts are indicated with s or This book allows you to read along with famous scrolls like the War Scroll, The Words of Moses, the Treasure map of the Copper scrolls, Commentaries on Isaiah, Commentaries on the Psalms and much muchThere is so much detail and information in these scrolls, it is overwhelming The book has a very well organized Table of Contents and Index that guides you to the scrolls about the particular Bible book or subject that you are interested in.This is certainly not a vacation reading book, but it is a valuable reference book that is fascinating I read many of the scrolls as I listened to a Great Course lecture by Professor Gary Rendsburg and it really added to my learning and understanding of these historical finds


  6. Pam Baddeley Pam Baddeley says:

    I read this a few years ago but from notes made at the time I read the first article type bits of the book and then read a few of the translations and skimmed the rest as it was all the rule of the Qumran order rather than alternate gospels etc which would ve beeninteresting.As this is an old book published in 1962 I imagine knowledge has grown since then I ve read since that the scrolls were under tight ownership for a long time, and a full transcription was only issued in 1991 So th I read this a few years ago but from notes made at the time I read the first article type bits of the book and then read a few of the translations and skimmed the rest as it was all the rule of the Qumran order rather than alternate gospels etc which would ve beeninteresting.As this is an old book published in 1962 I imagine knowledge has grown since then I ve read since that the scrolls were under tight ownership for a long time, and a full transcription was only issued in 1991 So that would explain why the book omits theinteresting aspects Also, they were poorly stored at various times so have deteriorated quite a bit which doesn t help matters Perhaps it would be worth reading arecent study at some point


  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    The Prayer of Enosh and Enoch 4Q369 page 511The Book of Enoch 4Q201 2, 204 12 and the book of Giants 1Q23 4, 2Q26, 4Q203, 530 33, 6Q8


  8. latner3 latner3 says:

    I will always respect the religion of others.We all bleed red.


  9. Richard Richard says:

    A fascinating book, but I could never pretend that this small print 635 page compilation was an easy read In places, the many passages of garbled text even after methodical and time consuming translation still remain just that.garbled text just esoteric, disconnected words that might as well have been randomly flung on to the paper, but just when you re about to give up, something magical surfaces For me, reading of Abram in a document that is nearly 2,000 years old, who speaks in the first A fascinating book, but I could never pretend that this small print 635 page compilation was an easy read In places, the many passages of garbled text even after methodical and time consuming translation still remain just that.garbled text just esoteric, disconnected words that might as well have been randomly flung on to the paper, but just when you re about to give up, something magical surfaces For me, reading of Abram in a document that is nearly 2,000 years old, who speaks in the first person of being separated from his wife, and sobbing long into the night, because he believes the King of Egypt has taken her for his own wife, really struck me The detail of him crying is not in the Bible account Genesis XII XIV XX Nor is the fact that they were separated for two years, while she became part of Pharoah s household Behind the textual narrative, the devil of course is trying to corrupt this precious messianic blood line by getting the King of Egypt to sleep with Sarai, but God intercedes on Abram s part by making all of Pharaoh s household sick The account is taken from a scroll known as the Genesis Apocryphon, which turns out to be a mixture of many sources, but that scroll nevertheless is still 2,000 years old, and since the writers almost certainly had access to material that is no longer available, who s to say how truthful it is The Bible doesn t contradict these details.No one would argue, that the discovery of the dead sea scrolls in 1947 was one of the most important archaeological finds in history, and it has revised many peoples understanding of early Judaism, but it s content is so patchy Having spent the last few weeks going through that patchy content, it made me feel sorry for some of the translators and their varied workload While some were given the task of translating for instance, the copper scroll taken from cave 3, which describes in detail a list of hidden treasure, just how exciting is that Others I think were given the equivalent of fragments of badly spelt shopping lists on papyrus Yeah, you translate that, it s REALLY interesting Honest You ll enjoy that My heart went out to some of the translators.It s generally believed that the group that these scrolls belonged to were the Essenes, but even that has been challenged in recent years One section of this compilation which incidentally is by no means complete despite the title, concerns the community laws which this group, whichever group it actually was, created to bind together their society, and it consisted of some pretty strange rules How about three months punishment for speaking foolishly Goodness, I d be in trouble Or ten days punishment, for interrupting a companion whilst speaking As I said, a fascinating book


  10. Walter Walter says:

    The Dead Sea Scrolls The Jewish religion of ChristThe Dead Sea Scrolls What can I say about them In many parts, they are the words of YHWH as expressed by man In many parts they are the Torah So as a believer of God, I must reserve a certain awe, a certain respect In the words of the translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls An unbeliever will not understand this nor will they appreciate these scrolls.O my God, hast sealed them all and there is none to open them Does one measure by the hollo The Dead Sea Scrolls The Jewish religion of ChristThe Dead Sea Scrolls What can I say about them In many parts, they are the words of YHWH as expressed by man In many parts they are the Torah So as a believer of God, I must reserve a certain awe, a certain respect In the words of the translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls An unbeliever will not understand this nor will they appreciate these scrolls.O my God, hast sealed them all and there is none to open them Does one measure by the hollow of a human hand the waters of the great ocean Are the heavens estimated by the span of fingers In one third of a measure can any contain the dust of the earth, and weigh the mountains in a balance, or the hills in scal es Man did not make these How can he measure the spirit of God Fragment 30 of the 511th scroll of the 4th Cave 4Q511 Fr 30 What we have are the religious library of the Essene Jews occupying a religious or scholarly city of Qumran These works were hidden in at least 11 caves in the vicinity of Qumran So there are original copies of the Bible as known by the Jews in all of the three centuries before Christ, commentaries, peshers interpretations there of, and apochrophial works These have been translated from Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek into English Ostensibly, they were hidden to avoid there destruction by the Kittims the Romans There is a close relationship of Qumran to the Zealots of Masada This is not easy reading, noeasier than the Bible today Much of the works are fragmentary as the scrolls have deteriorated with age and subsequent treatments And yet the devotions of the Jews at the time of Christ has become vivid But, if you are interested in what Jewry was like during the times of Jesus Jesus was a Jew, then there is no better place to study than these scrolls What you should gain arethe importance of the Covenants the importance of the distinction between clean and uncleanthe importance and rituals of sacrificethe order and rankings of the populace with respect to the religionthe interpretations of the Torah the first five books of the Bible the respect for the prophetsMuch of this, perhaps by the translations, is still hidden even from a scholarly reader But one has a new perspective of the times of Christ from these scrolls


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