PENGUIN BOOKS THE COMPLETE DEAD SEA. SCROLLS IN ENGLISH. Geza Vermes was born in Hungary in He studied in Budapest and in Louvain. A newly updated edition of the landmark translation by one of our greatest religious scholars Since its publication in , esteemed biblical. 05/20 | My friend Geza Vermes is dead. He was, most famously, the intellectual leader in the fight to free the Dead Sea Scrolls from the small coterie of scholars.
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The gzea of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judean desert between and was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time.
Hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus, the Scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism, and the scrlols of Christianity. This fully revised edition of the classic English translation by Geza Vermes, the world’s leading scholar on the subject, offers an astonishing look into the organization, customs, and beliefs of the community at Qumran.
Enhanced by much previously unpublished material and a new preface, this will remain the authoritative translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls for years to come. Read more Read less.
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See all customer images. Read reviews that mention dead sea sea scrolls old testament complete dead geza vermes new testament scrolls in english community rule isaiah scroll teacher of righteousness penguin classics scro,ls scroll qumran community early christianity easy to read anyone interested books of the bible like going well scrills points of view. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is nowhere near the complete Dead Sea scrolls, and I’m not referring to the portions that are absent due to the original text being damaged and unreadable, I’m talking about entire sections that exist in English but for some reason are not included in this “complete” collection.
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (7th Edition)
Firstly, it only contains the non-biblical Dead Sea scrolls but even those suffer a painful abridgement. For example, the Genesis Apocryphon does not include any text rhe columns 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 or 10 and go figure I was specifically needing column 5.
The introduction even admits that they exist and have even been translated and is kind enough to provide information on where to look if you wish to read them. If this were called “Abridged Portions of Selected Dead Sea Scrolls in English” I would respect it as that would be a wonderfully accurate title, but we all know that it would not sell nearly as well as it has if it had been labeled honestly. This blatant marketing deception fueled by greed is probably to be placed upon Penguin Classics and not the late Geza Vermes, who is an exceptional biblical scholar.
I’m taking an upper level history course on Dead Sea Scrolls, and this is one of my two texts for the class. I’m very impressed with the accuracy of translation and the writing competency of the author. It is clearly written and documents all of the non-Biblical writings found in the Dead Sea sea scrolls. When I first got the book, I was disappointed that the books of the Bible and Torah had been omitted from the work, but I soon learned in class that these were readily available in drumroll, please the Bible and the Torah.
The significance of the scrolls is that they confirm the accuracy of the already-known but younger copies of these much-read and loved works. Although the scrolls are over a thousand years older than any of the previously known extant writings, they are almost identical to the newer copies! The scrolls included in this book are peshars, midrashes and targums commentaries on Biblical books such as Nahum and Habakkuk ; a Community Rule for the sect which apparently lived at Qumran, a settlement near the caves where the scrolls were found; eschatological writings regarding the end of times such as the War Scroll ; and directives to the Leader of the sect which presided over the congregation.
Very, very interesting window on sectarian life. The only complaint I have–and it’s probably one born of ignorance–is that it is somewhat difficult to find specific documents by using the indices at the end of the book. I’m never sure I’ve completed a reading assignment because of the cluttered way that the manuscripts are referenced. But when I consider how many thousands of fragments were organized and of how many copies of the same text were found in 11 different caves, it’s no wonder the index is so complex.
Some people use this book to study only ONE of the copies of a document. So all of the works must be referenced and cross-referenced in the index–not just the best preserved of the bunch. Likewise, in reading the translations of the manuscripts, the brackets and parentheses, used in the middle of words and sentences to distinguish between texts from different caves, are rather distracting because they aren’t utilized in the manner that I’m accustomed to in reading and writing.
It takes a little getting used to. But it is a very effective means for the writer to pull together a fragment of a document from one cave to fill in missing text from another copy of the same document found in another cave.
I don’t know if any of that even makes sense. Unless you already know the history of the sect and how the scrolls were discovered, the manuscripts alone are fairly meaningless to the modern reader. It was a daunting task, assembling the fragments of the scrolls and cataloging all of the documents found in those caves.
To organize all of that information into one cohesive anthology and then translate it from Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek into English and other languages is nothing short of heroic. Vermes is a brilliant man indeed. The title of this book is a blatant lie. It is not complete. It is not even close to complete. It is priced cheaply and is quite worthwhile, but do not expect to receive this and get the complete Dead Sea Scrolls.
No Biblical scrolls are included. That is an entirely different volume from a different publisher. While the line of Penguin Classics is overall a superb way to make world literature accessible to a wide audience, dis-naming this book is entirely unacceptable.
I would have given it a five except for the fact that it was missing a couple of manuscript fragments which possibly were discovered after its publication but I doubt it.
The most obvious and important item missing being Isaiah scroll, a major find complete in its entirety. Otherwise it is an excellent translation and very needed.
I thought if I got the original translation it would be “complete”. The first book of Enoch has been gezza to a single nonsensical paragraph. The second book of Enoch is completely missing. The book of Giants is also reduced to a single nonsensical paragraph.
The book of Jubilees is also reduced to a few nonsensical paragraphs. These are the very first things I noticed missing. I was kind of shocked that with a book called “complete dead sea scrolls” so scrollls would be missing.
The Table of Contents is very misleading. Some of the names attributed to particular scrolls are uniquely the author’s and not named elsewhere by anyone because they are too incomplete to mean anything. It is the most complete copy out there. One person found this helpful. See all reviews.
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