Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
James VanderKam & Peter Flint
VanderKam and Peter Flint have put together a very meaningful book
concerning the relevance and meanings of the Dead Sea Scrolls that
should be read by everyone who is tied to the great religions and
the faiths. It was a very hard, arduous read for me, as I am not
that deeply versed in religion and have only a basic lay person's
understanding, if that, of the major religions. I learned a great
deal about the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, and will think
about the findings in this book possibly for years to come. The
subject has always fascinated me in a far-off manner, and seemed
worth delving into, but not enough for me to sit in on scholarly
discussions of the fundamentals of all the world's religions.
book is very deep and takes a long while to digest and thoroughly
take in all that is given. I found it to be more than I could readily
just sit down and read without having to check and recheck several
times some of the information, because of the lack of my own understandings.
Overall, I would say that the information is probably very near
correct and truthful, given what is known about the whole subject
and the various religions. However, I do not have a way to readily
substantiate any of it without going in to talk to the people in-the-know
who have spent their lives learning to understand what is written
in this book. Either that, or take it at face value and hope that
all of the information inside the covers is beyond reproach, which
is what I am doing. I do not have the expertise to do any other
thing or make any other decision. Because of that lacking in my
religious upbringing, I am at a disadvantage in this very deep subject.
However, I did find this book amazing and informative. The Carbon
Dating protocols and the discussion of the site at Qumran and the
Controversies of the Dead Sea Scrolls were more interesting to me,
as I am particularly keen on those items.
Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls is well written, very articulate
and truly a revelation in many ways. There are many Tables and Exhibits
that help to explain to the reader what the book is trying to show
and prove, which helps immensely.
thought-provoking book that makes one think and look deep into their
own trainings to find what their truths are. It makes the reader
more open-minded to the historical aspects that we base who we are
and where we stand in our daily lives, and leaves the reader/scholar
wanting to understand more.
Harper San Francisco / Harper Collins Publishers
/ History / Biblical History
Winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society Best Book of the
Claudia Turner VanLydegraf