The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible provides a translation of the biblical manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This is the first English translation of the earliest Biblical documents ever discovered. Up until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the cave of Qumran, the oldest Bible dated from the 11th century, A.D. Thus, the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible is over 1,000 years older than the previously oldest known Biblical texts. The Qumran manuscripts preserve parts of every book in the Hebrew Bible (except the Book of Esther)—however, they contain a number of differences in wording from the canonical texts as well as passages that were assumed to be lost forever. This volume is the perfect companion of The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, which contains English translations of the non-biblical scrolls.
Isaiah 54:14–16: In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from tyranny, for you will not be afraid, and far from terror, for it will not come near you. See, if anyone does attack you, it will not be from me; whoever will attack you, they will fall because of you. See, it is I who have created the blacksmith who fans coals in the fire, and produces a weapon for his purpose. It is I who have created the ravager to wreak havoc.
Here is a book we will soon wonder how we did without. Bible scholars will find it essential; students will find it stimulating and exciting; anyone interested in the beginnings of Judaism and Christianity will find it fascinating. This is a book many have been awaiting since the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered half a century ago.
A welcome and exciting work. Now readers have a chance to get closer to the original words of the Bible. Read this book with a Bible alongside it, and you’ll get a sense of how intriguing, instructive, and revealing it can be to explore the Bible in its earliest form.
—Richard Elliot Friedman, author of Who Wrote the Bible, The Hidden Book in the Bible and Commentary on the Torah
For the first time all the biblical Qumran scrolls are now accessible in translation in this user-friendly book written by three prominent authorities in the field.
—Emanuel Tov, director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project
Martin Abegg Jr. is the co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia with Peter Flint. He is also the co-translator of the highly acclaimed Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation.
Peter Flint is the co-director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia with Martin Abegg.
Eugene Ulrich is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology and Coordinator of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity at Notre Dame University, is one of the chief editors of the Qumran Biblical texts.