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This is an auction for DEAD SEA SCROLLS, by the staff of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

"The importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the history and development of Judaism and Christianity is unquestionable, but they leave many unsolved questions and much room for debate as to their interpretation. The Scrolls are also a rich source of scientific research material for disciplines such as palaeography, radiocarbon analyses, DNA studies, etc. They were found in a very fragmentary condition, comprising thousands of fragments varying from small pieces measuring a few centimetres in size, to substantial fragments that were better preserved. Why do the Scrolls continue to generate such fascination? They include the earliest examples of biblical compositions - the same texts that are still read by millions today. The expression "The People of the Book" has received further support with the Scrolls' discovery. The treasuries of the Jewish people are not filled with precious objects but with written words that have contributed to the cultural and spiritual development of mankind. Although the texts are mainly religious, they do provide hints of historical data, offering us a tantalizing glimpse of life during the Second Temple period and the opportunity to understand the attitudes, the desires and aspirations, as well as the art of the people of that time. These scrolls, hidden away in the barren hills of the Judean Desert near the shore of the Dead Sea, reveal to us the theological doctrine of a sect that had separated itself from mainstream Judaism, and tended towards asceticism and apocalyptic beliefs."

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Large format paperback 2000.

120 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $5.50.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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