The Dead Sea Scrolls are the ancient manuscripts
dating back to the time of Jesus that were found between 1947 and 1956 in caves by the Dead Sea. Since they were first discovered, they have been a source of fascination and debate over what they can teach — and have taught — about Judeo-Christian history. In his new book, The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography
, Yale professor John J. Collins tells the story of the scrolls, their discovery and the controversies surrounding the scholarship of them.