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Jan 29, 2018, 2:27pm Top

My parents just ordered this book from EP for their library. I hope that my parents will start collecting EP, on top of me. Great news. lol

Jan 29, 2018, 3:08pm Top

>1 fancythings: spectacular, I am considering this myself. The author and translator Geza Vermes is an impeccable scholar. You might want to get his Authentic Gospel of Jesus put out by Folio Society with slipcase. His life was tragic. He was Jewish, converted to Catholicism, ordained as a priest, but hypocritically they would not place him in a church because he was Jewish. In disillusionment he quit the church and converted back to Judaism.

Edited: Jan 29, 2018, 4:34pm Top

>2 HugoDumas: Thanks for telling me that. It is a sad story like with most great men. The book is gorgeous judging only by the pictures on EP site and is bound in deep cerulean leather. The size of this book is very big just what you like. I think it's going to sell very fast. Get it ASAP!

Edited: Jan 29, 2018, 4:46pm Top

Vermes’s “Dead Sea Scrolls in English” is now in its seventh Penguin edition, so the EP edition, while beautiful, is not up to date.

According to his obituary published in The Guardian, Vermes’s family converted to Catholicism in order to send Geza to a Catholic primary school. He left the Priesthood in 1957 in order to marry.


Edited: Jan 29, 2018, 4:43pm Top

>4 jroger1: Thanks for this article. What a great man he was. How sad and tragic that his parents perished in Holocaust.

Jan 29, 2018, 11:48pm Top

>2 HugoDumas: “Spectacular, I am considering this myself.”

Here is an alternative currently on sale at less than half price.


Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 10:23am Top

>6 jroger1: wonderful! I will get this and place next to my Folio Authentic Gospel of Jesus by Vermes and my spectacular FS Gnostic Gospels (in leather!). Found it just now for $24 in new unread condition on eBay and in U.S. Thanks

Though the artwork in the LEC (1966) Volume is not in the Folio Society Edition. I could argue to get both especially since the FS is affordable.

And his marriage was not the only cause for his leaving the priesthood not to mention the arms of Christianity.

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 10:20am Top

Forgot to mention, my parents received a free book from EP after purchasing the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will be getting a free Gladiator book.

>6 jroger1: Very nice edition but not nearly as nice as EP edition. I just love the look of traditional looking books. In fact, I'm so much in love with EP books that I have no idea why anyone else would buy anything else but these gorgeous gems from EP. The pleasure of reading is doubled whenever I'm holding and reading my EP DLE's.

Jan 30, 2018, 10:15am Top

>8 fancythings:
Your parents got a good deal too. The free books that come with these sales are often directed at customers with special interests, but they are of high quality. I’ve obtained several in the last few years.

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 10:19am Top

>9 jroger1: The reason my parents chose Gladiator is because I begged them. They wanted a Lincoln book. I can't wait to hold the Dead Sea Scrolls in my hands. You're lucky, to get several free EP books. That's just unbelievable. Please let me know, if anything like that becomes available again. Thank you very much.

Jan 30, 2018, 10:50am Top

>10 fancythings:
As a customer, you should now be on their email list, which will entitle you to a lot more advertisements than you need or want. Among these emails will occasionally (3 or 4 times a year) be one that offers you a free book if you buy one over $100. Sometimes the short list of free books will be enticing and sometimes not. If you are not already on this email list, you can get on it by signing up on their website.

However - not everyone receives these special offers every time. For example, I didn’t receive the recent one. I don’t know how they decide who gets one and who doesn’t.

Jan 30, 2018, 10:55am Top

>11 jroger1: Thanks, my parents are on it now. EP Customer Service offered it to my parents and placed them on the list.

Edited: Jan 31, 2018, 6:33am Top

Here is the original LEC Edition. I can argue to get the beautiful EP leatherbound with art work, which is the first edition by Vermes and the FS which brings it up to date.


For those interested in this first edition, IT IS NOT SIGNED by Geza Vermes, only the artist. It costs $99. Thus I ordered the beautiful leather copy.

Jan 30, 2018, 3:37pm Top

I picked up the FS volume first and then a few years later, the LEC.

Jan 30, 2018, 4:24pm Top

>12 fancythings: thank you. I got the deluxe leather reprint of the 1966 LEC Edition plus the updated FS edition AND a bonus free book on the Gladiators. I am pretty happy!

Jan 30, 2018, 7:58pm Top

>12 fancythings:

There's no reason you couldn't also submit your email to EP so you can receive the emails, too. What if you're parents forget to tell you about something cool?

Jan 30, 2018, 8:00pm Top

>16 treereader: Sure thing. Thank you. Will call EP tomorrow. lol

Jan 30, 2018, 8:03pm Top

>17 fancythings:

Or do it now, without human interaction. :-


Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 8:13pm Top

>18 treereader: Thank you. Just used your link to do it.

Feb 10, 2018, 5:23pm Top

It arrived today and I must admit this is spectacular with the look and feel of a DLE. It really did deserve DLE treatment with hand numbering and marbled end sheets.

Feb 10, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>20 HugoDumas:

Pics pics!

Feb 12, 2018, 3:09pm Top

>20 HugoDumas: Glad you like it.

Feb 12, 2018, 3:27pm Top

>23 fancythings: and I also got a great deal on the updated Folio Society new printing for $24. Perhaps not needed since the key scrolls appear to be the same.

Feb 12, 2018, 3:31pm Top

>24 HugoDumas: Sorry. I dislike FS books but this is my problem.

Edited: Feb 14, 2018, 4:04pm Top

I am a big fan of this EP book as well. I know I’ve posted pictures of mine on some thread here before, but I can’t seem to find it.

I’m a bit “search” challenged if you might say.

Feb 14, 2018, 12:09pm Top

>25 fancythings: understood on FS. My interest in FS was in ancient cultures and civilizations; I have 23 volumes in this set. If EP had printed them would have bought them in leather.

Incidentally fast sell of my FREE Gladiator book on eBay which reduces the price of Dead Sea Scrolls Book, which still leaves me speechless in it’s beauty. Looking forward to reading it.

Feb 14, 2018, 12:19pm Top

>27 HugoDumas: It is a very beautiful book.

Edited: Aug 14, 11:39am Top


the Dead Sea Scrolls is back on the EP site at the same price as its previous release and the same item number

Edited: Aug 14, 12:23pm Top

>29 saintmelville: it’s pricey but well worth it. One of the most beautiful LEC reprints I have ever seen. In all respects it looks like a Deluxe Limited Edition simply lacking hand numbering. For those concerned that the text is out of date consider getting the attractive Folio Society edition (2000) of the Geza Vermes translation as a companion to the LEC reprint.

Aug 14, 12:53pm Top

On ebay it goes for whooping $499

Aug 16, 7:37pm Top

I don't understand why someone would choose EP over the LEC? Don't get me wrong, I love EP, but the LEC is LETTERPRESS!! Letterpress is the finest book you can purchase -- barring any special illustrations or signatures. However, the illustrations between the books is the same, AND the LEC is signed by the artist!

Aug 16, 11:33pm Top

>32 astropi: I considered it at the time. I believe I got a free EP $100 book (Gladiator) which I sold to offset the cost, plus the EP binding and slipcase is drop dead gorgeous. If the LEC version were signed by Geza Vermes I might have gone with the LEC since it has a nice leather spine. At that time the least expensive LEC was $99, now it is down to $65 for those who are looking for a book more reasonably priced.

Edited: Aug 19, 9:19am Top

>32 astropi: letterpress is good but overall book presentation means a lot too. EP did a great job on this book. Surprised they did not label it as LE.

Edited: Aug 19, 12:48pm Top

>30 HugoDumas: >32 astropi: >34 fancythings:
Completeness and accuracy mean more to me than presentation or letterpress. My copy is the Penguin 7th Edition (2012).

Aug 19, 2:34pm Top

>35 jroger1: the Folio Edition, which I also have, is from the Penguin Press Edition (1997).

Edited: Aug 19, 4:05pm Top

>36 HugoDumas:
The 1997 edition was very good for its time but has been updated several times. According to Amazon’s description: “Now in its seventh edition (2012), the Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English has been updated with a number of previously unpublished texts, as well as extensive new introductory material and notes. Some sixty years after the Scrolls' discovery, this revised and expanded volume crowns a lifetime of research by Vermes.”

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