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    Michael Baigent(Author) Richard Leigh(Author)
Over the last two years a controversy has erupted in the world's press over the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in caves 20 miles east of Jerusalem between 1947 and 1956. Professor Geza Vermes of Oxford calls it "the academic scandal par excellence of the 20th century", Professor Morton Smith of Columbia University protests that "there is no justification" for the cover-up, and Professor Robert Eisenman of California says, "we're tired of being treated contemptuously". Working with Eisenman - one of the experts in biblical archaeology and scholarship - Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh succeeded in uncovering the story of how and why up to 75 per cent of the 800 ancient Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts, hidden for some 19 centuries, still remain concealed from the world today. But their book is more than an expose of a struggle between scholars who have begun passing round bootlegged photographs of scrolls yet to be released. Through interviews, historical analysis and a close study of both published and unpublished scroll material, the authors are able to reveal the cause of all the trouble, for these documents disclose a new account of the origins of Christianity and an alternative and significant version of much of the New Testament.

"if it succeeds in advancing the publication of material from Qumran, it will have achieved genuine good" (Times Literary Supplement)"It is enough to make anyone curious about the early days of Christianity weep with frustration" (Mail on Sunday)"A sensational story ... this scandal has gone on for far too long" (The Times)"The damning evidence is all here and it looks pretty conclusive" (In Dublin) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By david a cooper on 30 July 2017

    religion and politics shouldn't mix

  • By John Holland on 20 November 2010

    When first published, the real battle over the DS Scrolls was one of access - a small band of international interpreters were preventing general access to the scrolls, leading to numerous conspiracy theories. The first 200pp of the book focuses on the people and politics involved in this battle. Now thoroughly out of date, this mind-numbingly dull report is enough to put anyone off finishing. And it's only at the end of the book that the updated version admits all the data is now accessible.The second part goes into the "deception", describing the linkages between data in the scrolls and the new testament. There are more interesting parts here, so it warrants a second star!! The interpretation of the inhabitants of Qumran as the early Christians, and St Paul as the "liar" of the scrolls certainly raises some challenging questions around Christian doctrine. But it is well known that interpretation of early Christianity was revised and a single version mandated at the Council of Nicea, so hardly news that precursor versions contained conflicting data.An update to the book that focuses on the now available full dataset, and explores the development of Christian principles through the biblical record and the scrolls, might be useful. This version is barely useful, and out-of-date.

  • By Andy Rox on 6 May 2009

    I'm very disappointed after buying this book. It's extremely outdated, full of repeating, dull information and the writing style sent me off to sleep. I was expecting a book about deception or conspiracy with interesting theories and evidence to back them up. It basically drones on and on about the known facts about the scrolls and about how there must be some conspiracy surrounding them because they haven't been made public. Except they have now. Why don't the publishers delete this book? Or at least the authors update it. I'm sorry to say I couldn't finish it. I couldn't face it. Best of luck!

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