This is a great book based on great research. However, the professor's voice is not the best for this format. A professional reader would be better. :-)
Yes, this course was outstanding, it provided a fair and academic overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls!
The Dead Sea Scrolls
As a narrator Dr Schiffman provided an excellent presentation. Very much like a great college lecture from an outstanding professor!
Not that type of book. It was however a great Modern Scholar course. Dr Schiffman is very knowledgeable. I have listened to several of the Modern Scholar courses, this course is one of the two best.
I plan to listen to other Modern Scholar Courses
Professor Schiffman is a great scholar and is so incredibly passionate about the scrolls that his enthusiasm is infectious. I already knew a fair amount about the scrolls, but still learned new things & got help putting the knowledge in a broader context. He's very good at focusing on the evidence that supports various claims. He has a few idiosyncratic theories about things but he's good at identifying what is supportable and what is speculation.
The recording quality is fine. But, I think the subject matter is not for a person with mild interest in the topic. Very interested scholars may enjoy this, but I found it easy to allow my mind to drift off on to other thoughts while I was listening and frequently had to play the lectures several times.
I have enjoyed other works in this series, but this one just did not hold my attention for long. In fact, I gave up listening to it about half through.
I thought I would get a reading or a review of the writings from the scrolls themselves. I didn't know I was buying a 'lecture' - very disappointed with the marketing of this audiobook. It's not what I wanted.
The professor is very knowledgeable - I would enroll in his course. However, I wanted more of the writings.