Beginners Guide to Scrolls

(For full bibliography on Dead Sea Scrolls and related subjects, please go to

English Translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls
(For editions of the texts in their original languages see
Scholarly Editions and Translations ”)

Burrows, Millar. The Dead Sea Scrolls. New York: Viking Press, 1955.
García Martínez, F., ed. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English. 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill, 1996.
Wise, Michael O., Martin G. Abegg Jr., and E. Cook. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.
Vermes, Geza. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Further Reading
Brownlee, William Hugh. The Meaning of the Qumran Scrolls for the Bible: With Special Attention to the Book of Isaiah. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.
Brooke, George. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005.
Charlesworth, James H., ed. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 1992 (paperback edition 1995).
Collins, John J. Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. London; New York: Routledge, 1997.
Collins, John J. and Robert A. Kugler eds. Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 2000.
Cross, F. M. The Ancient Library of Qumran. 3rd ed. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.
Davies, Philip R., George J. Brooke, and Phillip R. Callaway. The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Fields, Weston W. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Short History. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Responses to 101 Questions on the Dead Sea Scrolls. New York: Paulist Press, 1992.
Flusser, David. Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1988.
Flusser, David. The Spiritual History of the Dead Sea Sect. Tel Aviv: MOD Books, 1989.
Golb, Norman. Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?: The Search for the Secret of Qumran. New York: Scribner, 1995.
Herbert, Edward D. and Emanuel Tov eds. The Bible as Book: The Hebrew Bible and the Judaean Desert Discoveries. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2002.
Harrington, D. J. Wisdom Texts From Qumran. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.
Lim, Timothy H et al. The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context. London T&T Clark Intl., 2004.
Magness, Jodi. The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2002.
Qimron, Elisha: The Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1986.
Rabin, Chaim and Yigael Yadin. Aspects of Dead Sea Scrolls. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 1965.
Schiffman, Lawrence H. From Text to Tradition. A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1991.
Schiffman, Lawrence H. Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism, the Background of Christianity, the Lost Library of Qumran. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994. 1st Anchor Bible Reference Library ed. New York: Doubleday, 1995.
Schuller, Eileen M. The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Have we Learned 50 Years On? Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 2006.
Shanks, Herschel, ed. Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls. A Reader from the Biblical Archaeology Review. New York: Random House, 1992.
Stegemann, Hartmut. The Library of Qumran: On the Essenes, Qumran, John the Baptist, and Jesus. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1998.
Ulrich, Eugene Charles. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans, 1999.
VanderKam, James C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans, 1994.
VanderKam, James C. From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature. Leiden: Brill, 2000.
Vermes, Geza. The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective. London: Collins, 1977.