Classics and Religious Studies


Date of this Version

January 2002


Published in Bible Review XIX (2002), pp. 38–41. Copyright © 2002 Biblical Archaeology Society. Used by permission.


James VanderKam and Peter Flint set out to write, in their own words, “a new, comprehensive, and up-to-date introduction” to the Dead Sea Scrolls. They have accomplished that goal admirably, especially when it comes to comprehensiveness. The volume touches on every area of scroll scholarship, and presents a synthetic account of the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, their importance as a collection of ancient primary texts, and their impact on our understanding of Second Temple Judaism and the roots of Christianity.

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