DSSB - 1997
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible
Old Covenant, Apocrypha
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It was translated into English by Eugene Ulrich and edited by Martin Abegg, Jr., and Peter Flint.

The manuscripts are one thousand years older than any existing ones. Preserving parts of all but one biblical book [I Chronicles], the scrolls confirm that the text of the Old Testament as it has been handed down through the ages is largely correct. Yet, they reveal numerous important differences.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (1) offers new and striking textual readings that clarify millennia-old puzzles; (2) restores lost psalms; (3) reveals previously unknown details about the lives of biblical figures; (4) provides new information on how the Hebrew Bible was created.

The book has been compiled according to seven principles: (1) maintaining the historical order of books; (2) including introductory material; (3) depending on large manuscripts; (4) integrating material from several manuscripts; (5) signaling variant readings; (6) highlighting interesting or important readings; (7) emphasizing accuracy over style.

Harper (1999)

[Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, Canada]

Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [And] the earth [was] formless and void; and darkness was upon the fac[e of the dee]p: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.