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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 3 Sep 2004
This review is from: The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (Paperback)
Baigent and Leigh peddle their moronic conspiracy theories yet again... and hordes of people read them!
The dead sea scrolls were not hidden away by a Vatican scared that people would discover some terrible secret of the early church! Nope, the rather boring truth is that the scrolls were in such a mess, and there were so few academics qualified to reconstruct and analyse them, that the work just took a very very long time. Add to this a sprinkling of office politics (and international politics) and you have a story not quite so sensational.
The dead sea scrolls are of massive academic importance but, unless you are well-versed in Biblical history, it is often difficult to explain WHY they are so important. The fact is that they simply shed a little more light on the development and editorial history of a very much human-manufactured document. It turns out that the "word of God" isn't so immutable after all. Each generation of priests charged with the task of copying out the books of the Torah and Bible has made a little correction here, and changed a word there, and the dead sea scrolls allow us to see that editorial process as it happens.
If you want to read about these fascinating and important documents of the early days of Judaism/Christianity without all the occultist mumbo-jumbo and sensationalism, read Johnathon Campbell's "Deceiphering the Dead Sea Scrolls", a much-ignored, yet very readable popular account of what the DSS can really tell us. And what they can't.
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