Life Magazine offers a coffee table book “The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Race to Solve an Ancient Mystery” at sypermarkets, 96 full size pages, heavily illustrated, by J.I. Baker.
There are seven chapters, explaining how a religious sect left the area in AD 68 in a region near the Dead Sea, in today’s West Bank.
The first scroll was found in a cave by a shepherd in the winter 1946-47, and others followed.
The largest scroll contained a lot of today’s book of Isaiah.
The book also describes rural Jewish subcultures in the first century AD, most of all the group Essenes, looking for a messiah to return and lead to an apocalyptic battle. But later on the ideas of the Essenes would lead to many of the ideas of the Rosicrucian Order (April 7, 2007).