BAR 19:02, Mar/Apr 1993
Dead Sea Scrolls Research Council: Fragments
Accusations and Retractions at New York Scroll Conference
The Letter Attacking Eisenman and Wise
We are saddened to have to raise serious issues of professional ethics and integrity in connection with the recently published volume, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered: The First Complete Translation and Interpretation of 50 Key Documents Withheld for Over 40 Years, by Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise (Element Books, 1992).
This volume misrepresents itself as presenting fifty texts for the first time and, in a number of ill-documented cases, makes use of the work of others, either published or distributed as handouts at scholarly conferences, without proper acknowledgment.
Before detailing these charges, we should like to emphasize that the objections we are raising about this volume do not in any way stem from a desire on the part of the editorial team to maintain a monopoly …