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The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
A Powell Davies

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Format: Paperback, 144pp.
ISBN: 0451626192
Publisher: Signet Book
Pub. Date: June 1956

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Exploring the greatest challenge to Christian dogma since Darwin's theory of Evolution is posed by the Dead Sea Scrolls. The fascinating story of the discovery and meaning of the world-famed Dead Sea Scrolls is unfolded in this arresting book, which brilliantly describes the importance and tremendous interest to believers everywhere of the centuries-old documents found in a cave in the Holy Land and now the prime study of the world's leading religious scholars.

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A. Powell Davies was a pastor in Washington D.C.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE: The Discovery of the Scrolls
The Manuscripts from Wadi Qumran
Exploration and Further Discoveries
Excavation of Khirbet Qumran
Vicissitudes of the Scrolls
What the Scrolls Contain
Significance of the Discovery Ignored by New Testament Scholars
Public Interest Aroused

CHAPTER TWO: The Dating of the Scrolls
Stormy debate on a Crucial Question
The evidence of Paleography
Argument Gives Way to Archaeolgy
Archaeology, Numismatics and Radio-Carbon Test
Probability That Is Almost Certainty

CHAPTER THREE: The Sect of the Scrolls
The Elite of a Chosen People
The People of the Sinai Covenant
The Prophets of Righteousness
The Period That Produced the Sect
Scriptures Not in the Bible
The Jewish Religious Parties
Who Were the Essenes?
The Essenes and the Sect of the Scrolls
Essenic Beliefs and the Teacher of Righteousness
What Happened to the Essenes?

CHAPTER FOUR: The Scrolls and Christian Origins
The Scholars and the Laity
The Scrolls and the New Testament
Christian Origins and Pagan Influences
The Second Battle of the Scrolls: Theology versus History
The Early Church and the Essenic Sects
More About Scriptures Not in the Bible
Hypothesis and Conjecture
Some Questions That Invite New Answers
Who Were the Early Christians? Some Suggestions for Further Inquiry

CHAPTER FIVE: The Scrolls and Jesus
Schweitzer's View of Jesus
Jesus as Messiah of Israel
Jesus as Timeless Teacher
The Word Still Spoken

Conclusion: Is It Gain or Loss for Religion?

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