Most of us who study the Bible depend on scholars like Geza Vermes.
All of us who have taken up Bible Study after 1947 (the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) have benefitted from the scholarship (and advocacy) of Dr. Vermes.
Geza Vermes died on May 15, 2013. You can read more about the man in the LA Times: Geza Vermes.
Throughout his life’s work Vermes advocated for wider access to the Dead Sea Scrolls. And this has come about in the ‘digital age.’
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project allows “users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible.”
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John H just sent me a link to an obituary from The Telegraph that adds details to life of Geza Vermes not shared by the LA Times: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/religion-obituaries/10052468/Professor-Geza-Vermes.html