BAR 23:02, Mar/Apr 1997
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Rule of the Community, Photographic Multi-Language Edition
James H. Charlseworth, ed.
(Philadelphia: American Interfaith Institute/World Alliance, 1996) 148 pp., $100
The Dead Sea Scrolls, by giving us a glimpse into the Qumran society that produced them, have forever altered our understanding of early Judaism and Christianity. In this new volume, the Rule of the Communityarguably the most important of the scrollsis translated into English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and modern Hebrew. Scholars can refer to color photographs of the scroll, accompanied by a transcription of the text. The editor has also provided a note on the nature, discovery and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the history and theology of the community that wrote and hid them.
The Complete Valley of the Kings: Tombs and Treasures of Egypts Greatest Pharaohs
Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson
(New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996) 224 pp., 532 ill. (76 in color), $29.95