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This review is from: The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This is a fact-heavy account of the circumstances surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient manuscripts discovered in caves near Khirbet Qumran that went on to become something of a cultural icon. I found the book informative, but if I'm being honest, a little on the dry side. There's an awful lot of information crammed in here, much of it concerning what we can gather about the Qumran community. Also a lot on how the scrolls have contributed to our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. No doubt the media-driven mystique of the topic led me to unreasonably high expectations, but unfortunately the subject didn't capture my interest as much as I thought it would. On a positive note, I approached this book not quite knowing what the Dead Sea scrolls actually were, and Timothy Lim certainly cleared it up for me, dispelling the myths and explaining their importance to archaeologists and researchers of ancient Judaism/early Christianity. In that respect, job done.