Beginner's Guide to Scrolls


Burrows, Millar. The Dead Sea Scrolls. New York: Viking Press, 1955.
García Martínez, F., ed. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English. 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill, 1996.
Wise, Michael O., Martin G. Abegg Jr., and E. Cook. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.
Vermes, Geza. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Further Reading
Brownlee, William Hugh. The Meaning of the Qumran Scrolls for the Bible: With Special Attention to the Book of Isaiah. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.

Brooke, George. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005.

Charlesworth, James H., ed. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 1992 (paperback edition 1995).

Collins, John J. Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. London; New York: Routledge, 1997.

Collins, John J. and Robert A. Kugler eds. Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 2000.

Cross, F. M. The Ancient Library of Qumran. 3rd ed. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Davies, Philip R., George J. Brooke, and Phillip R. Callaway. The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

Fields, Weston W. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Short History. Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Responses to 101 Questions on the Dead Sea Scrolls. New York: Paulist Press, 1992.

Flusser, David. Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1988.

Flusser, David. The Spiritual History of the Dead Sea Sect. Tel Aviv: MOD Books, 1989.

Golb, Norman. Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?: The Search for the Secret of Qumran. New York: Scribner, 1995.

Herbert, Edward D. and Emanuel Tov eds. The Bible as Book: The Hebrew Bible and the Judaean Desert Discoveries. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2002.

Harrington, D. J. Wisdom Texts From Qumran. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.

Lim, Timothy H et al. The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context. London T&T Clark Intl., 2004.

Magness, Jodi. The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2002.

Qimron, Elisha: The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1986.

Rabin, Chaim and Yigael Yadin. Aspects of Dead Sea Scrolls. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 1965.

Schiffman, Lawrence H. From Text to Tradition. A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1991.

Schiffman, Lawrence H. Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism, the Background of Christianity, the Lost Library of Qumran. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994. 1st Anchor Bible Reference Library ed. New York: Doubleday, 1995.

Schuller, Eileen M. The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Have we Learned 50 Years On? Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 2006.

Shanks, Herschel, ed. Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls. A Reader from the Biblical Archaeology Review. New York: Random House, 1992.

Stegemann, Hartmut. The Library of Qumran: On the Essenes, Qumran, John the Baptist, and Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1998.

Ulrich, Eugene Charles. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans, 1999.

VanderKam, James C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans, 1994.

VanderKam, James C. From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature. Leiden: Brill, 2000.

Vermes, Geza. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective. London: Collins, 1977.


The Education page on our site has a short introduction to the scrolls. provides some useful background information on texts in the ancient world.

James Tabor has a "Basic Facts about the Dead Sea Scrolls" page.

Israel Mosaic gives a clear overview of the history of Qumran.