Providing many vibrant details, the authors examine the intrigue surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls and debunk many of the myths about them, including allegations of the Vatican's involvement in hiding the texts from scholars, the possibility that they contained earth shattering revelations, and the actual status of the infamous international editorial committee who limited access to the texts. A fascinating account of international relations, religious negotiation, and scholars, Canada's Big Biblical Bargain reveals another part of the fascinating tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Jason Kalman is an assistant professor of classical Hebrew text and interpretation at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, research fellow at the University of the Free State, and a fellow of the McGill Centre for Research on Religion. Jaqueline S. du Toit is a professor in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language, and Language Practice at the University of the Free State and a fellow of the McGill Centre for Research on Religion.
Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Preface; Abbreviations PART ONE 1 Introduction: "I should perhaps recall to you ..."; 2 "Telling tales of the early days": McGill Buys the Dead Sea Scrolls; 3 "We must ride out the crisis": The Efforts to Bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to Montreal; 4 The Real Question: The Nation, the Object, and Owning the Past; Postscript "The harvest of this patient waiting" PART TWO Annotated Correspondence; Appendix Transcription of R.B.Y. Scott's Handlist of Qumran Cave; Four fragments purchased by McGill University as of May 1955 Notes 315; Bibliography; Index