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Copper Scroll Books

Books and Research Papers on the Copper Scroll

There have been many books written on the copper scroll, most non fiction, but several that are fiction.  Here, we will attempt to keep a comprehensive list of books and authors. Included will be any known research papers plus any known thesis.

A Request to the Public to Contribute

Know of a book not on this list?  Submit it! Keeping a list of all known material on the copper scroll will not be easy, it will take probably over a year to amass the list that only contains 80%. So we request that the public use the comment form below to submit books.

Top 3 Recommended for the Serious Researcher

  • Copper Scroll Studies, Brooke & Davies, 2002, Note: An excellent collection of over a dozen scholarly papers of advanced analysis on the Copper Scroll.
  • Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Price 1996, Note: An excellent introduction to the history of the DSS, the copper scrolls, the politics, scandals, and future hunt.
  • The Copper Scroll, Lefkovits, 2000 – Note: A PhD thesis that became the definitive work on 3Q15 aka the Copper Scroll. This is by far the most comprehensive known work on the topic. Expensive and rare.

Entry Level Books on the Copper Scroll

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, Eisenman & Wise, 1992
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated, Martinez, 1996
  • The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Davies, 1956
  • The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Quamran, Feather, 1999 – Note: A bit out in left field, but a fun read.

Advanced Books on the Copper Scroll

  • Copper Scroll Studies, Brooke & Davies, 2002, Note: An excellent collection of over a dozen scholarly papers of advanced analysis on the Copper Scroll.
  • The Copper Scroll, Lefkovits, 2000 – Note: A PhD thesis that became the definitive work on 3Q15 aka the Copper Scroll. This is by far the most comprehensive known work on the topic. Expensive and rare.
  • The Copper Scroll, Wolters, 1996 – Note: A booklet with a fairly good interpretation of all 64 entries in the scroll. Pricey. Only serious CS researchers should buy it.

Relevant Peripheral Books

  • The Archeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Magness, 2002 – Note: Best book on the Qumran site. It is important to understand the context of the finds.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, VanderKam, 1994
  • Dead Sea Scrolls, San Diego Natural History Museum, 2007 – Note: nice pictures
  • The excavations at Qumran, J. Van Der Ploeg, 1956 – Note: This was published too soon, not enough work done on the site to draw defendable conclusions. See Magness work instead.

So can you recommend a book on the Copper Scroll?  By all means, provide:

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