The Dead Sea Scrolls are found in many varied publications – often ordered only by publication date, rather than a more easily navigable system – making specific texts difficult to find.
Joseph Fitzmyer’s guide offers a practical remedy to this dilemma. A Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature starts by explaining the conventional system of abbreviations for the Scrolls. Then it helpfully lists specifically where readers can find each of the Scrolls and fragmentary texts from the eleven caves of Qumran and all the related sites, using the officially assigned numbers of the text.
Fitzmyer supplies information on study tools helpful for scholars – concordances, dictionaries, translations, outlines of longer texts, and more – and briefly indicates electronic resources for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Joseph A Fitzmyer, S J, is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
“Fr Joseph Fitzmyer has been one of the premier experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls for more than fifty years. His guidebook is full of accurate information about the ancient texts and the best modern scholarship. It is the ideal starting point for doing serious research on these important documents and their significance for early Judaism and early Christianity.” Daniel J Harrington, SJ, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry