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On Scrolls, Artefacts and Intellectual Property

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Sheffield Academic Press 2001

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The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in Palestine, recovered in Jordan, and largely edited by an international Christian team who prevented public access to unpublished manuscripts. Subsequently, the state of Israel, which had already purchased many of the Scrolls, has assumed responsibility for all of them. Most recently, one scroll editor has claimed copyright on his reconstruction, instigating a lawsuit and introducing serious implications for future Scrolls scholarship.

This volume looks at international copyright and property rights as they affect archaeologists, editors and curators, but focuses on the issue of “authorship” of the Scrolls, both published and unpublished. The contributors include legal experts as well as many of the major figures in recent controversies, such as Hershel Shanks, John Strugnell, Geza Vermes and Emanuel Tov.


  • Hershel Shanks
  • John Strugnell
  • Geza Vermes
  • Emanuel Tov

Product Details

  • Title: On Scrolls, Artefacts and Intellectual Property
  • Editors: Timothy Lim, Hector L. MacQueen, and Calum Carmichael
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 272

About the Editors

Timothy Lim is Reader in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Hector L. MacQueen is Professor of Private Law and Director, Shepherd and Wedderburn Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Edinburgh.

Calum Carmichael is Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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