Product Guide for Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Sectarian, or non-Biblical, Texts
The Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts contains a transcription of nearly every Hebrew and Aramaic fragment, even those that are so fragmentary as to be untranslatable, for the sake of assembling as complete a collection as possible. The words also contain morphology tags based on the same system used by the Westminster Theological Seminary to tag the Hebrew Bible, and lexical form tags to assist in looking the Hebrew and Aramaic words up in lexicons. In addition, the Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts includes a glossary of those words which will not be found in standard Biblical Hebrew lexicons, or that may be found in the Hebrew Bible, but are used in a different sense than that attested in the biblical literature.
In comparison, The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition only includes those fragments that are substantial enough to translate into something meaningful. The Study Edition is not morph- or lexical form-tagged, but does include a complete, fresh English translation of all the scrolls and complete bibliographic information on each scroll, including cross-references to related manuscripts.
The Libronix editions of these resources use two different 'data types' to describe citations to the Dead Sea Scroll material, in order to accurately reflect the different naming schemes used and editorial decisions made in the two editions, but data type milestones for both editions have been included in The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition, allowing the two editions to link and scroll together. These two editions of the Dead Sea Scrolls complement each other well.
In addition to these editions which include transcriptions of the Hebrew and Aramaic scrolls, Logos also offers an edition of the non-Biblical or Sectarian literature in an English translation. Geza Vermes' The Dead Sea Scrolls in English is available alone or as part of the Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls Collection (12 volumes).
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation by Wise, Abegg and Cook is an English translation of the sectarian scrolls.
For the Temple Scrolls, see also Johann Maier's The Temple Scroll: An Introduction, Translation and Commentary.
Logos Bible Software offers an edition of the Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, complete with lexical and morphological tags and English glosses.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible is an English translation of the biblical scrolls, organized in biblical, canonical order (by book:chapter:verse rather than by cave:scroll:column:line), making this an easy tool to compare the Qumran material with modern translations.
There are several books about the Bible at Qumran in Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature. For more secondary literature, see below under 'Other Resources'.
The glossary that is included with the Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts does not duplicate the information found in the Biblical Hebrew lexicons, making the following lexicons useful additions for working with the Dead Sea Scrolls:
An introduction to the Aramaic found in the Dead Sea Scrolls is contained in:
The following books about the Dead Sea Scrolls are also available:
- Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature Series (11 Volumes) includes:
- Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls
- The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible
- Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
- A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
- Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times
- Qumran and Jerusalem: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism
- The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins
- Biblical Interpretation at Qumran
- The Bible at Qumran: Text, Shape, and Interpretation
- The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
- John Marco Allegro: The Maverick of the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls
- Studies in Biblical Law: From the Hebrew Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls
- The Second Temple Judaism Collection includes several books directly related to Dead Sea Scrolls Study, including:
- The Damascus Covenant: An Interpretation of the "Damascus Document"
- Qumran Between the Old and New Testaments
- The Northwest Semitic Collection includes:
The Dead Sea Scrolls contain two or three Targum fragments (4QtgLev, 4QtgJob and 11QtgJob - some scholars disagree with the identification of 4QTgLev as a Targum). More general information on the Targums can be found here. For information on the Logos edition of the Targums from the files of the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, including 4QtgJob and 11QtgJob, click here.