Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Dead Sea Scrolls in English

The best English translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the sectarian writings at Qumran, are the following:
García Martínez, Florentino and Wilfred G.E. Watson. 1996. The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English (2nd edn.). E. J. Brill, New York and Grand Rapids, Mich.

García Martínez, Florentino and Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar. 1997–1998. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Study Edition (2 vols.). Brill, Leiden and New York.

Wise, Michael, Abegg, Martin, and Edward Cook. 1996. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation. HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco.

Wise, Michael, Abegg, Martin, and Edward Cook. 2005. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation (rev. edn.). HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco.

Vermes, Geza. 1998. The Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Penguin Books, London.
Vermes (1998) is rather old now.

García Martínez and Watson (1996) seems to be one of the best translations, and García Martínez and Tigchelaar (1997–1998) provide the best scholarly edition with the texts in Hebrew and English.

A Bibliography on Ancient Textual Criticism

The following are excellent reference works on ancient textual criticism, for both pagan and Christian texts.

They are in chronological order, rather than alphabetical order:
Hall, Frederick William. 1913. A Companion to Classical Texts. Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Hall, Frederick William. 1968. [1913]. A Companion to Classical Texts. Olms, Hildesheim.

Maas, Paul. 1958. Textual Criticism (trans. Barbara Flower). Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Renehan, Robert. 1969. Greek Textual Criticism: A Reader. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

West, Martin L. 1973. Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique Applicable to Greek and Latin Texts. B. G. Teubner, Stuttgart.

Marcovich, Miroslav. 1994. Patristic Textual Criticism. Scholars Press, Atlanta, Ga.

Reynolds, Leighton Durham and Wilson, Nigel Guy. 1991. Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature. Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Reynolds, Leighton Durham and Wilson, Nigel Guy. 2013. Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (4th edn.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Johnson, William. 2004. Bookrolls and Scribes in Oxyrhynchus. University of Toronto Press, Toronto.

Johnson, William. 2009. “The Ancient Book,” in R. S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York.