Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the Dead Sea Scrolls, these groundbreaking essays explore the significance of the scrolls for our understanding of the New Testament and Christian Origins. Updated in the light of the most recent scrolls research these essays offer an overview of Dead Sea Scrolls research, ranging from an examination of 'The Essenes in History' to a study of 'Biblical Proof-Texts in Qmran Literature' Volume 56 in the Library of Second Temple Studies
Geza Vermes is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford University. He is editor of the Journal of Jewish Studies and Director of the Oxford Forum for Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
1. A Bird's Eye View of Dead Sea Scrolls Research; 2. Access to the Dead Sea Scrolls: Fifty Years of Personal; Experience, On Scrolls, Artefacts and Intellectual Property; 3. The Essenes in History; 4. The Leadership of the Qumran Community; 5. The Qumran Community, the Essenes, and Nascent Christianity; 6. Biblical Exegesis at Qumran; 7. Biblical Proof-Texts in Qumran Literature; 8. The Eschatological World View in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the New Testament