Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Dead Sea Scrolls, Sidnie White Crawford, early Jews, biblical texts, Jews and the Bible, Torah


In the June 1999 issue of Bible Review, Sidnie White Crawford, associate professor and chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, considers what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the position of early Jews on the emendation, authority, and canonicity of biblical texts. Crawford begins by noting that neither a canonical Bible nor even a fixed text of the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy) existed when the Dead Sea Scrolls were written (250 B.C.-A.D. 70).