THE IMPACT OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS by A. N. Gilkes

THE IMPACT OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author's Preface describes this book as ""by a layman for laymen"". The general reader still must bring a good background in Biblical history as well as a lively curiosity to bear on the issue of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to enjoy this to the fullest extent. In terms of use, it is an admirable students' introduction to the Scrolls. Mr. Gilkes follows the logical sequence in his presentation of material; the facts on the society that produced them; the controversy that has surrounded them since their discovery; the translation difficulties they have presented; and the great technical skills that had to be developed for their handling and preservation. Perhaps the book's greatest contribution is the section on scholarly disagreements that have been given an airing here. Mr. Gilkes sets these battles into context and the implications of the Scrolls to theology as well as to Old and New Testament history are clarified.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 1963
Publisher: St Martin's Press