Reminding us that the study of the scrolls and fragments of the wilderness of the Dead Sea has hardly begun, Dr. Frank Cross, Earvard Divinity School, nonetheless makes here a major and study a considerable distance along its way. He helps the reader to patterns emerging from continuing study of the ser, by the contributions of the archaeologists who have new excavating at the site of this ancient desert community. dates fixed, and much nonsense of the ""secondary literature"" on the scrolls is fast being swept away. Dr. Cross gives a systematic interpretation of the facts now available. Both published and unpublished data is used. The footnotes are numerous and extended and are published together in the second part of the book. For the serious student of these matters this book is a ""must.