Biblical Archaeology Review 44:5, September/October 2018

The Lost World of the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

By Andrew B. Perrin

Next to the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the most valuable literary source for the study of ancient Judaism. Some readers are surprised to discover that many of the scrolls are written in Aramaic. What is the particular significance of the Aramaic texts among the scrolls for elucidating the literary, societal, political, and religious contexts of ancient Judaism and nascent Christianity?

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