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Dead Sea Scrolls: The Essential Guide to Their Origin, Meaning and Significance Paperback – 21 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New edition edition (21 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749922605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749922603
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Hodge is a researcher and writer who specialises in ancient religions and mythology - He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and teaches at the University of London - He is the author of the Piatkus Guide to Tibetan Buddhism and the Piatkus Guide to Atlantis - He lives in London

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vexen Crabtree on 14 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
A comprehensive look at the discovery and early politics surrounding the management of the Dead Sea Scrolls is followed by a very well written history of the Jewish world in the first two centuries BCE. The author then looks at all the theories about the Scrolls, noting and talking about each. Also the implications on Christianity are discussed in a calm and raional manner rather than the media-orientated shock-tactics of some other authors! This is an excellent book to 'get into' the Dead Sea Scrolls, but also an excellent book if you've been following the stories but want a good summary of the theories and facts so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bluecougar25 on 30 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book nicely summarizes the history of the discovery of the fragmented documents at Qumran, the various developments and analysis made since then and also provides much historical background. Its pretty dry, though written for the layman, and I found it a little tedious, but as a starting point for someone just looking into the subject it does a good job of introducing key elements, plus as a recent publication has much of the most recent data and theories: I'd not realised it was such a highly charged field! As a balanced, non-religious overview, I recommend it highly (along with a cup of strong coffee for the more bewildering history sections).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
no good 23 July 2003
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after hearing about the Dead Sea Scrolls from a friend. I expected something exciting but found to my dissappointment that this book is a dull read. It is mainly for people who are knowledged in arcaeology and the middle east. Hodge focuses to much on the site of the findings of the scrolls rather than the scrolls themselves. Of all the books out there, on the Dead Sea Scrolls, I would pick another one. Especially if you're not familiar with the subject.
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