Grateful for scholars

Geza Vermes
Geza Vermes was known for his skillful translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were first discovered in 1947 and contain the earliest known versions of the Hebrew Bible. (David Levenson / Getty Images / April 22, 1992)

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.”

Go to The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project

How’s your Hebrew?


The Great Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Some of you may have seen one of the traveling exhibits of the Dead Sea Scrolls (in 2010 the exhibit was in San Diego). Now The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls are available to all.

You can even view the video presenting this latest addition to online biblical study.

With a little effort you can compare portions of the Dead Sea Scroll to the standard Jewish translation in English (if, like me, you don’t read Hebrew). The directions are on each page describing the scroll about to be viewed, like The Great Isaiah Scroll.

You can read more about this online at The Anglican

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