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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History, vol. 1
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The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History, vol. 1


Brill 2009

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Who discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls? When and where were they discovered? How were they preserved? Who bought them? Who has them now? Will more be discovered? Have all the scrolls been published? Were there conspiracies to suppress some scrolls?

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History, vol. 1 answers these questions and more. It is the first of a projected two volumes, offering a more complete account of the Scrolls’ and their history since they were discovered in caves near the Dead Sea 60 years ago.

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Key Features

  • Provides a reliable and accurate account of the Dead Sea Scrolls’ early history
  • Draws on interviews with first generation Dead Sea Scrolls scholars and witnesses
  • Includes a library of illustrations and historic photographs


  • First Discoveries at Qumran
  • The Mystery of Cave 1
  • Discoveries at Wadi Murabb’at
  • The Bountiful Year
  • More Acquisition and Decipherment
  • The Cave 4 Team
  • The St. Mark’s Scrolls Return
  • The Most Productive Year
  • Cave 4 Work Continues But is Stopped by the Suez Crisis
  • Regrouping after Suez
  • The Last Cave 4 Scrolls
  • The Museum Is on the Brink
  • A Ray of Hope for the Museum

Praise for the Print Edition

This lavishly illustrated volume contains a virtual miniarchive of the momentous events relating to the discovery, acquisition and early publication history of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Charlotte Hempel, senior lecturer in Biblical studies, University of Birmingham, UK

Volume 1 of The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Full History is an inestimable contribution to scrolls historiography. It will appeal to scholars and students of biblical scholarship, but also to academia in general and a popular audience.

—Jaqueline Du Toit, professor of reconciliation and social justice, University of the Free State, South Africa

Fields has succeeded in writing a masterful survey that puts the events into their chronological order and reveals numerous startling details. He had provided the interested reader with a most useful reference work which, through its beautiful colour pictures, is also very pleasant to read.

Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

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About Weston W. Fields

Weston W. Fields has been executive director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation in Jerusalem since 1991. He taught at Grace College and Theological Seminary for 10 years and at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College) for seven years. For the past 18 years, he has worked closely with the editors of the official publications of the scrolls, Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. 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 scholars then alive, including those who discovered scrolls in the 1950s or were the first to examine and 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. He is also the author of Sodom and Gomorrah: History and Motif in Biblical Narrative.

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