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orion-list finally....

finally we greet the following book by Eugene Ulrich, Peter Flint and Marty

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible : The Oldest Known Bible 
by Martin G. Abegg (Editor), Peter W. Flint (Editor), Eugene Charles Ulrich 

this blurb is taken from the amazon.com site...

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First
Time into English is the first full English translation of the Hebrew
scriptures used by the Essene sect at Qumran. (The Essenes, along with the
Pharisees and Saducees, were among the three most influential Jewish groups
of their time [150 B.C. to 68 A.D.]). Between 1947 and 1956, in 11 caves
overlooking the Dead Sea, more than 800 manuscripts of two types were found.
The first are called "biblical"--because they contain material that was
later canonized in the Hebrew Bible; the second are called
"non-Biblical"--because they contain poetry, rules for holy living, and
imaginative, midrashic interpretations that are unique to the community that
produced them. 

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible comprises the biblical manuscripts, including
many new Psalms, Apocryphal books, and previously unknown readings of
Deuteronomy and Isaiah (which appear to have been among the most important
books of the Bible to this group of Essenes). The translation of each book
is preceded by an introduction that describes the text's importance to the
Essenes, their distinctive interpretations of the text, and suggestions of
how historical and political events may have shaped these interpretations.
Translators Martin Abegg Jr., Peter Flint, and Eugene Ulrich have loaded
this volume with scholarly notes and commentary, but their interpretations
are formatted in a way that does not impede the general reader's enjoyment
of the book. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible breathes new life into scripture by
delving into the earliest source material yet discovered. It is a crucial
work to reckon with for anyone interested in Jewish life around the time of
Jesus. --Michael Joseph Gross 

The author, Peter W. Flint (flintpet@uniserve.com) , October 3, 1999
your advertised page count for the book is far too low 
This is a correction to your book description. The page count is about 650,
not 320 as stated in your book description. In other words, Amazon.com
customers will be getting a much better deal (twice as much book) for the
stated price. The three authors are very pleased at the very great interest
in this book before its publication.Peter W. Flint 


Jim West, ThD

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