The dead sea scrolls a very short introduction separates the myths of this momentous religious and cultural icon from the reality this vsi presents the true facts and leading theories behind the cultural and historical background of the scrolls and examines their significance for our understanding of the old testament and the origins of christianity and judaism. In this very short introduction to the dead sea scrolls i will discuss the discovery the controversies and personalities involved in the scholarly debates the legal actions the politics and the vested religious interests moreover i will introduce traditional and specialist studies of jewish history and thought between. Since their discovery in 1947 the dead sea scrolls have become an icon in popular culture that transcends their status as ancient jewish manuscripts everyone has heard of the scrolls but amidst the conspiracies the politics and the sensational claims it can be difficult to separate the myths from the reality in this very short introduction timothy lim discusses the cultural . The dead sea scrolls a very short introduction discusses the cultural significance of the discovery of the dead sea scrolls and the religious political and legal controversies during the seventy years of study since they were found it looks at the contribution the scrolls have made to our understanding of the old testament or hebrew bible and the origins of early christianity
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