THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
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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
>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.
>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!
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.
>4 jroger1: Thanks for this article. What a great man he was. How sad and tragic that his parents perished in Holocaust.
>2 HugoDumas: “Spectacular, I am considering this myself.”
Here is an alternative currently on sale at less than half price.
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
>11 jroger1: Thanks, my parents are on it now. EP Customer Service offered it to my parents and placed them on the list.
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.
>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!
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?
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.
>21 TeaAndHoney: the EP site does a real good job. https://www.eastonpress.com/prod/5D7/3200/THE-DEAD-SEA-SCROLLS?cm_st=2&cm_s=...
>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.
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.
>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.
the Dead Sea Scrolls is back on the EP site at the same price as its previous release and the same item number
>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.
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!
>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.
>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.
>35 jroger1: the Folio Edition, which I also have, is from the Penguin Press Edition (1997).
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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