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Another solid work is Frank M. Cross’
T h e Ancient Library
o f Qumran and Modern B ib lical Studies
(New York, Doubleday,
1958). Cross is a member of the international team working on
the manuscripts in the Jordanian sector of Jerusalem, and
therefore has access to source material.
An inexpensive book with photographic illustrations is John
M. Allegro’s
The Dead Sea Scrolls
(Baltimore, Penguin, Pelican
paperback, 1956). This book gives an interesting account of the
discovery and purchase of the Scrolls and has forty-two pictures.
The Meaning o f the Dead Sea Scrolls
by the late A. Powell
Davies (London, Muller, 1957) is a lucid exposition directed
primarily at the Christian who is prepared to accept a liberal
approach to Chj4stiTrnr~origins.
Krister Stendhal has edited a different kind of volume entitled
The Scrolls and the New Testament
(New York, Harper, 1957).
It is a collection of fourteen essays by Protestant, Catholic and
Jewish authors. All but three of the essays had been published
elsewhere, but this volume makes them accessible in English
between the covers of a single book. Most of the essays are
written for scholars rather than for laymen.
Hugh J . Schonfield is interested primarily in problematic
historical questions in his
Secrets o f the Dead Sea Scrolls
(Lon­
don, Vallentine, Mitchell, 1956). This book can be read with
profit only after exposure to some of the popularizations men­
tioned above, to which others can be added, like F. F. Bruce’s
Second Thoughts on the Dead
.
Sea Scrolls
(Grand Rapids,
Eerdmans, 1956).
Among the relatively few popular works in English by Catho­
lic scholars is Father Roland E. Murphy’s
T he Dead Sea Scrolls
and the B ib le
(Westminster, Md., Newman Press, 1956, paper­
back) . It is written intelligibly and warns the layman not to
accept the pronouncements of scholars too hastily. At the same
time Father Murphy advises his readers to be grateful for the
Qumran texts which “far from levelling the Christian Gospel
. . . will by contrast show forth the incomparably richer
message that is Christ.”
For earlier books on the Scrolls I must refer the reader to
my
Adventures in the Nearest East
(Fairlawn, N. J., Essential
Books, pp. 132-143, 182-183, 185), with additional bibliography
in my
World o f the Old Testament
(New York, Doubleday,
1958, pp. 268, 301-303).
The Christian Interest in the Scrolls
A survey of the recent books on the Scrolls shows that the
popular
interest in Qumran is now overwhelmingly Christian.