An eminent Dead Sea Scrolls researcher, James C. VanderKam offers a popular, up-to-date introduction to the scrolls and the ongoing debate that surrounds their study. Chapters cover all the major subjects of scroll inquiry: the discoveries of the manuscripts and nearby archaeological remains during the 1940s and 1950s and the methods used to date them, the content and character of the scrolls texts, the identity, history, and beliefs of the people who lived in Qumran and collected, wrote, and copied scrolls, and the importance of the scrolls to biblical studies.
“Cave 7 is, incidentally, one of the few places where Greek manuscript fragments were found at Qumran. In fact, all legible fragments from Cave 7 have Greek texts.” (Page 36)
“The eleven caves at Qumran have yielded the remains of approximately eight hundred manuscripts.” (Page 29)
“The category of Qumran texts that mention or have sections about the last days is very large” (Page 64)
“Jesus ben Sira was a Jewish teacher who wrote a book of wise sayings and instructions in about 190–180 b.c.” (Page 35)
“This single-chapter work is largely an attack on idolatry” (Page 36)