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The Dead Sea Scrolls
A New Translation
Translated and with Commentary
By Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr. & Edward Cook
HarperOne; Revised Edition (2005), 688 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0060766627

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - May 7, 2010

See my review of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English for a description of the scrolls and of the Essene community that owned them. This volume has an introduction of about forty pages describing the history of the scrolls and explaining how to read them. This is followed by an English translation of 131 0f the hundreds of the ancient Essene documents. Each of the texts has a running commentary, one that interspersed in the text to clarify it and put it into historical context. This is very helpful. It makes the ancient work clear and interesting.

Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of seventeen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides. The Orthodox Union (OU) and Yeshiva University publish weekly chapters of Drazin and Wagner's book Let's Study Onkelos on and on His website is

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