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The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English [Paperback]

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Item description for The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English by Florentino Garcia Martinez & Wilfred G. Watson...

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has fascinated believers and non-believers alike. Now, you can find out what they really say! Martinez, one of the world's foremost experts on the scrolls, provides a careful, complete English translation in one convenient volume. An informative introduction, a full list of Qumran manuscripts, and up-to-date bibliographical references will enhance your study.

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One of the world's foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community that produced them provides an authoritative new English translation of the two hundred longest and most important nonbiblical Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran, along with an introduction to the history of the discovery and publication of each manuscript and the background necessary for placing each manuscript in its actual historical context.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   519
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.19" Width: 6.23" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 6, 1996
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0802841937  
ISBN13  9780802841933  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Florentino Garcia Martinez, a pre-eminent specialist of Qumran Studies, is Professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he heads the Qumran Institute. He is a member of the International Team of Editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and editorial secretary of the "Revue de Qumran" and the "Journal for the Study of Judaism." Garcia Martinez has written numerous books and articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls, including "Qumran and Apocalyptic. Studies on the Aramaic Texts of Qumran" ("Brill," Leiden 1992), "The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English" ("Brill," Leiden 1994), "The People of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Writings, Beliefs and Practices" ("Brill," Leiden 1995), and "A Bibliography of the Finds in the Desert of Judah, 1970-95," ("Brill," Leiden 1996). Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar, Ph.D. (1994), Groningen, is Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen"

Florentino Garcia Martinez has an academic affiliation as follows - Qumran Institute, University of Groningen.

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Not Just Plain Jane  Jan 31, 2003
This book needs to be considered alongside _The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation_ edited by Michael Wise et al. Readers who find a commentary advantageous will want to seek out Wise's book. Readers who are ready to look at the texts and make their own comparisons are ready for Garcia-Martinez's book.

Garcia-Martinez begins his book with a short history of the DSS and addresses a couple of the key issues of the DSS such as whether they are a part of a sectarian library. Next comes a thematic approach to the Scrolls. The Rule of the Community and the Damascus Document come at the beginning of the book, but the rest of the un-numbered manuscripts are grouped with other manuscripts of a similar theme.

There are no biblical manuscripts nor are there any Hebrew texts. However at the end of the book are lists of all of the manuscripts and the caves in which they were found.
There lies the real advantage of this book: each manuscript is accompanied by an authoritative bibliographical reference(s) for those who want to know more.

Useful reference tool  Jun 8, 2001
These comprehensive translations are of the non-Biblical texts found from the caves at Qumran, and are useful for anyone interested primarily in the *content* of the scrolls. The hebrew texts are not given in this work (those interested in such should search under title = "Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition", published both by Brill/Eerdmans), and the Biblical texts are not given (bibliographies are given for these texts-- most often the Oxford series *Discoveries in the Judaean Desert* is the primary source for Biblical texts).

Serious students of Qumran literature will need more than this work, of course, given that some of the renderings given in the book are disputed (debate over the particulars of any given text can be consulted in academic journals and monographs). The book is a solid compilation of translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Very well written!!  Aug 30, 2000
"The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated" by Florentino Garcia Martinez is the best version of translated Scroll material that I have come across, and there are "others." What makes this translation excellent is the unbiased, scholarly critique. Martinez does a superb job here! There is no "religious" leaning that I can see. This translation is not prejudged in any way, shape or form. This is an excellent reference book for anyone desiring to research the scrolls.

There has been an argument made against Martinez' translation. That argument says that since this translation was first put into Spanish, then into English something was lost in the translation. Not so! Florentino Garcia Martinez is a Professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands- a well renowned scholar. If anything, his multiple translations just go to show his intelligence and ability at what he does (he runs the Qumran Institute). This is a reliable and very well written translation!


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