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The Petra Scrolls
Publication of papyri a legal obligation
In December 1993, when Pierre Bikai, director of the the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, and his team discovered a cache of burnt papyrus scrolls in a Byzantine church in Petra, he wanted to avoid the kind of...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1997
Isaiah Among the Scrolls
In 2011, more than 60 years after the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by the Bedouin in what became known as Qumran Cave 1, a splendid new edition of the Great Isaiah Scroll—1QIsaa, in more technical language—has been published...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2011
Preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been liberated. The time has now come to preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls. Whether the scrolls received worse treatment during the 2,000 years they spent in the caves than they have since being taken out of the caves...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1992
Golden Anniversary of the Scrolls
There, on a moonlit night beside the ruins of Qumran, was the voice of Yigael Yadin, Israel’s most illustrious archaeologist, dead these 13 years, reading in the original language from a letter by Shimon bar Kosiba, better known as Bar-Kokhba...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1997
Scrolls, Scripts and Stelae
A Norwegian collector shows BAR his rare inscriptions
If you have a Dead Sea Scroll for sale, you should get in touch with Martin Schøyen (pronounced Skoo-yen) in Oslo. He is a prime prospect. He already owns several Dead Sea Scroll fragments—making him one of the few individuals in the world (I...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2002
Silence, Anti-Semitism and the Scrolls
Did you ever wonder what the dean of Harvard Divinity School does with his time? He attends meetings—all day—at least when a senior member of his faculty gives a virulently anti-Semitic interview to the press. On October 28, 1990, chief Dead...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1991
Qimron Wins Lawsuit
Paying the price for freeing the scrolls
The Jerusalem court has spoken: Elisha Qimron of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev owns the copyright on the reconstructed text of MMT, one of the most important, and still unpublished, Dead Sea Scrolls. Now the scholarly community will have...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1993
Intrigue and the Scroll—Behind the Scenes of Israel’s Acquisition of the Temple Scroll
Were it not for the efforts of the man who got Jerry Falwell started in television, the famous Dead Sea Scroll known as the “Temple Scroll” might never have come to light. At least that is the story according to Reverend Joe Uhrig, now...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1987
60 Years with the Dead Sea Scrolls
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls changed many lives—arguably, including mine (as editor of BAR). As the cornerstone of our observance of the 60th anniversary of the scrolls’ discovery, eight leading Dead Sea Scroll scholars have agreed...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2007
The New Struggle for the Scrolls: Will They Go to the Palestinians?
Will the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ruins of Qumran, adjacent to the caves where the scrolls were found, be given to the Palestinians? As the Israelis and Palestinians struggle slowly and painfully toward some kind of accommodation that...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2001
Is the Vatican Suppressing the Dead Sea Scrolls?
A book that will soon be available in the United States was recently published in England under the title The Dead Sea Scroll Deception by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (Jonathan Cape, 1991).1 The book’s thesis is that the Vatican...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1991
Team Scholars Working Hard on Dead Sea Scrolls
According to a report issued by the Israel Antiquities Authority, five scholars are now engaged full time in preparing Dead Sea Scrolls for publication. Approximately 30 others are spending part time on the task. “A constant effort is being...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1991
Leading Dead Sea Scroll Scholar Denounces Delay
One of the world’s preeminent Dead Sea Scroll authorities, who at one time had full access to all the fragments, including those still unpublished, has roundly condemned the continuing delay in releasing the full texts. Speaking at a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1990
At Least Publish the Dead Sea Scrolls Timetable!
A new timetable for the publication of still-secret Dead Sea Scroll fragments is being negotiated between Israel’s Department of Antiquities and the scholar-editors to whom publication was assigned 35 years ago. Fragments of approximately 400...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 1989
New Hope for the Unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls
At long last, significant progress is being made to assure publication of the substantial batch of unpublished Dead Sea Scroll texts.a And we may soon learn just how substantial this batch is; finally, after more than three decades, a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1989
“Will Marty Abegg Ever Find a Job?”
Scroll Scholar Thrives Despite Unauthorized Publication
The monopoly over access to the Dead Sea Scrolls was broken in 1991. One of the key events in that breakup was the publication of Dead Sea Scroll texts that had been reconstructed by computer from a concordance. We will here detail this...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2003
Qumran—The Pottery Factory
Dead Sea Scrolls Not Related to Settlement, Says Excavator
Qumran, that desolate, supposedly monastery-like site with its ritual baths and communal dining room overlooking the Dead Sea, had nothing to do with the Dead Sea Scrolls found in nearby caves, according to a just-released study. Your vision...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2006
An Interview with John Strugnell
Ousted chief scroll editor makes his case
Harvard professor John Strugnell was chief editor of the official Dead Sea Scroll editorial team from 1987 until he was dismissed in late 1990, after giving an anti-Semitic interview to Israeli journalist Avi Katzman, in Ha’aretz,...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1994
Dead Sea Scrolls Scandal—Israel’s Department of Antiquities Joins Conspiracy to Keep Scrolls Secret
They will never do it. They will never do it because they cannot do it. They have failed—utterly and completely. The time for equivocation, explanation and apology has passed. It is now time to face the situation squarely and unflinchingly:...
Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1989
The Honor Due Dead Sea Scroll Scholar Jozef Milik
It is time to honor Jozef Milik. A former Polish priest now living in Paris, Milik is an original member of the small Dead Sea Scroll publication team designated in the early 1950s. Called by Time magazine “the fastest man with a...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 1995