The Web site of the Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), features a free, exclusive online section called The Dead Sea Scrolls and Why They Matter, which tells the complete story of the scrolls—from their historical context and chance discovery by a Bedouin shepherd to the cast of characters and the academic publishing scandal that kept many of the scrolls hidden from the public for 40 years.
The Biblical Archaeology Society has been at the forefront of Dead Sea Scrolls research for decades and was one of the major players involved in getting the scrolls released to the public, making it the authoritative source for information about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Visitors have online access to a collection of BAR articles about the Dead Sea Scrolls written by the top scholars in the field, including introductions to basic concepts and in-depth study of individual scrolls that will fascinate and enlighten beginners and seasoned scroll students alike.
The BAS Web site also offers an exclusive eBook for free download, titled The Dead Sea Scrolls—What They Really Say. Authored by BAR editor Hershel Shanks, this engaging, fully illustrated eBook guides readers through the complex history of the scrolls and examines what they can tell us about the development of early Christianity, the Hebrew Bible and the history of Judaism.
Additional books, documentaries, lecture DVDs and more are available in the special Dead Sea Scrolls department of the BAS store online to continue learning about the scrolls.
Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls up close is exciting, but only the Biblical Archaeology Society can help you understand what made them the greatest archaeological discovery (and scandal) of the 20th century. Find it all at The Dead Sea Scrolls and Why They Matter.
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The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands.