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Canada's big biblical bargain : how McGill University bought the Dead Sea Scrolls /
Jason Kalman, Jaqueline S. du Toit.
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Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2010.
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xxiv, 424 p. : ill.
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9780773536883 :
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Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2010.
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9780773536883 :
catalogue key
7029295
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-405) and index.
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"With several Canadian museums having exhibited the Dead Sea Scrolls, Canada's Big Biblical Bargain could not be timelier. It fills a distinctive void, and is a serious advance in state-of-the-art research. It will without a doubt become the authoritative source on how the relationship between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Canada became firmly established." Peter W. Flint, Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, Trinity Western University
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In 1947, the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, biblical texts dating from the time of Jesus, grabbed headlines around the world. This book recounts the nearly forgotten story of the complicated purchase of these texts by McGill University and te reasons they never arrived.
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Providing many vibrant details, the authors examine the intrigue surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls and debunk many of the myths about them, including allegations of the Vatican's involvement in hiding the texts from scholars, the possibility that they contained earth shattering revelations, and the actual status of the infamous international editorial committee who limited access to the texts. A fascinating account of international relations, religious negotiation, and scholars, Canada's Big Biblical Bargain reveals another part of the fascinating tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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The discovery in 1947 of the first pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical texts dating from the time of Jesus, grabbed headlines around the world and catalysed as many controversies and conspiracy theories over their ownership as debates about their place in Christianity and Judaism. Years later McGill University and the Vatican were among the first institutions to buy a significant selection of these texts from Jordan in order to protect them from the black market. Providing many vibrant details, the authors examine the intrigue surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls and debunk many of the myths about them, including allegations of the Vatican's involvement in hiding the texts from scholars, the possibility that they contained earth shattering revelations, and the actual status of the infamous international editorial committee who limited access to the texts. A fascinating account of international relations, religious negotiation, and scholars, Canada's Big Biblical Bargain reveals another part of the fascinating tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Introduction: "I should perhaps recall to you..."p. 3
"Telling tales of the early days": McGill Buys the Dead Sea Scrollsp. 21
"We must ride out the crisis": The Efforts to Bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to Montrealp. 79
The Real Question: The Nation, the Object, and Owning the Pastp. 123
Postscript "The harvest of this patient waiting"p. 135
Annotated Correspondencep. 139
Appendix Transcription of R.B.Y. Scott's Handlist of Qumran Cave Four fragments purchased by McGill University as of May 1955p. 308
Notesp. 319
Bibliographyp. 387
Indexp. 407
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