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This section of this book titled The Dead Sea Genesis Apocryphon contains some illustrations of the scrolls. In 1947 a tattered, brittle, parchment scroll was found in a well-hidden cave near the Dead Sea. At first, it was unassumingly called the ?Fourth Scroll," since it was the last scroll to be unrolled of four manuscripts purchased by Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the Syrian Metropolitan of Jerusalem. As the contents of the scroll slowly unfolded, however, it came to be known as the Book (or Apocalypse) of Lamech, and later still ?A Genesis Apocryphon". The book is composed of three main parts: (i) an introduction to previous research on the Genesis Apocryphon; (ii) a new, annotated transcription and translation of the scroll, accompanied by textual notes; and (iii) a case study of one area in which recently or newly published portions of text improve our understanding of the scroll-namely, geography.

Keywords: Dead Sea; fourth scroll; Genesis Apocryphon



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