The Ancient Library of Qumran

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Fortress Press, 1995 - 204 pages
Since the first publication of this book in 1959 it has become a classic: It is a sober and objective account by a scholar who has taken a leading part in the editing and evaluation of the Qumran texts.
The book opens with an account of the history of the finds, and each subsequent chapter deals with a single but major area of scroll research. Each records an attempt to achieve in a given area a synthesis, or at least a systematic interpretation, of the facts now available. Old and new, published and unpublished data are drawn upon.
For this revised edition, the history of the finds has been updated to the present, and a final chapter has been added detailing some of the author's views of and reactions to recent discussions and publications not found in the earlier editions.

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Contents

DISCOVERY OF AN ANCIENT LIBRARY
19
1 The First Cave
20
2 New Treasures from the Wilderness
24
3 A Catalogue of the Library of Qumran
36
Discovery of an Ancient Library and Related Discoveries 19601993
47
THE ESSENES THE PEOPLE OF THE SCROLLS
54
1 An Essene Community in the Wilderness
55
2 The Old Sources and the New Scrolls
66
2 The Archaic Text of the Old Testament
124
3 Early Recensions of the Old Testament
138
THE ESSENES AND THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH
143
The Gospel of John
149
2 Some Common Eschatological Motifs
156
3 The Order and Liturgical Institutions of the Apocalyptic Communities
165
NOTES ON A GENERATION OF QUMRAN STUDIES
171
The Essene Faith and the Christian Gospel
192

THE RIGHTEOUS TEACHER AND ESSENE ORIGINS
88
1 Prolegomena to the Study of the Commentaries
89
2 The Righteous Teacher and the Wicked Priest
100
THE OLD TESTAMENT AT QUMRAN
121
Index of References
195
Index of Authors
202
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About the author (1995)

Frank Moore Cross is Hancock Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University.

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