The Dead Sea Scrolls Hardcover – January 1, 1957
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Everyone wishing to have an understanding of this time period, of the religious culture and reason prevalent during the time of Jesus has found an invaluable source here. We know precious little about this time period, hence this book will really shape your understanding of the time and of the Old Testament itself.
Although I disagree with the author's conclusions concerning which text we should use for the Scriptures (he argues every text should be judged on its own merits, whereas I, as a Christian, consider the LXX to be authoritative), this book is absolutely necessary for anyone who really cares at all about the nature of the Scriptures, and is not content with what is commonly taught. Have you been taught that the Old Testament text behind the KJV, the RSV, the NIV, the NASB, the ESV, and the NKJV is the "original" Hebrew text that was written by the Prophets? Have you heard that the LXX should just be referenced for useful information, but is not at all authoritative compared to the Masoretic? Has someone told you that the LXX is just a poor translation, or that the Apostles used it as they had no other Greek text that they could use and therefore had no choice? If so, think again. The Dead Sea Scrolls by J. M. Allegro will show these arguments for what they really are. Because of this, if you have heard any of these arguments, and have believed them as you knew nothing else, if you care at all about the Bible, read this book.