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John Marco Allegro: The Maverick Of The Dead…

John Marco Allegro: The Maverick Of The Dead Sea Scrolls (Studies in the…

by Judith Anne Brown

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Engaging intellectual biography of a controversial, and underrated figure. Of relevance to everyone with an interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and to anyone who values the account of a person committed to intellectual honesty no matter the personal cost.

Written by Allegro's daughter, the first two-thirds are especially exciting because of the way she entwines his personal efforts with the development of his theoretical ideas. Her own writing style is surprising gripping and delightful. The last portion of the book loses some of this energy, though, when it transitions into a synoptic overview of the themes of his later books, and we lose sight of what he was doing on a more personal level (e.g., his wife, a significant figure in the most formative years of his career, disappears altogether after he separates from the family). ( )
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This book explores the life and work of John Allegro, freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the Church, the editing team, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity.

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"This book is the first to fully explore the life and ideas of John Marco Allegro (1923-1988), freethinker and rebel, whose work on the Dead Sea Scrolls led him to challenge the church, the team of scholars in charge of editing the Scrolls, and most conventional assumptions about the development of Christianity." "Making extensive use of Allegro's letters, lecture notes, draft manuscripts, and other previously unpublished writings, Judith Anne Brown brings to life the discoveries and debates that began in the caves by the Dead Sea over half a century ago."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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