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André Dupont-Sommer And The Dead Sea Scrolls

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From the very beginning, the international influence of his research was tremendous and André Dupont-Sommer was universally acknowledged to be the Master in Qumran studies beyond the walls of the Sorbonne and the Collège de France. The international influence of Dupont-Sommer's research was also, very probably, the result of the echo that his ideas found with Edmund Wilson. Wilson had understood Dupont-Sommer very well. His account of the Essene character of the Dead Sea Scrolls is one of Dupont-Sommer's greatest contributions to Qumran studies. As a historian of religions, Dupont-Sommer could not avoid being interested by the light that the new texts could provide to explain the origins of Christianity. He himself described his work as "the efforts of an historian anxious to extract from the marvellous archives of Qumran everything that may throw new light on the ancient history of Judaism and the origins of Christianity".

Keywords: André Dupont-Sommer; Christianity; Dead Sea Scrolls; Edmund Wilson; Qumran texts; Sea Scrolls



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