The Dead Sea Scrolls

Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints

Since their initial discovery in 1947, the ancient scrolls found in caves near the Dead Sea have stirred public curiosity. For Latter-day Saints, whose scriptural tradition speaks of sacred records to come forth in the last days, the Dead Sea Scrolls naturally give rise to questions such as:

—Are there references to Christ or Christianity in the scrolls?
—Do the scrolls contain scripture missing from the Bible?
—Is the plan of salvation attested in the scrolls?
—Do the scrolls refer to Joseph Smith or other latter-day figures?

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Questions and Responses for Latter-day Saints succinctly deals with these and other questions on topics of particular interest to LDS readers. These topics are based on actual questions that Latter-day Saints have asked the authors as they have taught classes at Brigham Young University, shared their research at professional symposia, and spoken in other settings.

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About the Author

Stephen D. Ricks

Stephen D. Ricks (Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions, University of California, Berkeley, and Graduate Theological Union) is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He served as president of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and as chairman of the board, as the founding editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, and as Associate Dean of General Education and Honors at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I: Description, Discovery, and Disposition of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Part II: The Writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Part III: Translation and Publication Information
  • Part IV: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Modern Technology
  • Part V: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament
  • Part VI: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
  • Part VII: Specific Texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Part VIII: Specific Insights into the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Notes
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 2000
  • ISBN 13: 0-934893-51-9
  • Page Count: 112
  • Format: paperback
  • Imprint: FARMS

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