Books by Hershel Shanks

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"When dealing with these difficult texts (which are, as Shanks notes, 'fragmentary, elliptical, and written in arcane, symbolic, and metaphorical language') one could hardly ask for a better guide."
A first-rate distillation of many scholars' work over the past five decades on the century's most important, and in many ways most controversial, archaeological find. Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS by Hershel Shanks
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1992

"Exciting and reliable, and thus a superb replacement for Edmund Wilson's pioneering but hysterical (and hopelessly out-of- date) 1955 bestseller, Scrolls from the Dead Sea."
Outstanding anthology, drawn in part from The Biblical Archaeological Review and The Bible Review, that serves as a complete primer to what biblical scholar Harry Thomas Frank has called ``the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century.'' Shanks, editor of The Biblical Archaeological Review, has a flair for drama, evident both in the many essays here about the intrigue that swirls around the scrolls—spies, conspiracy theories, and shadowy antique-dealers all play their part—and in his two final selections. Read full book review >