The Qumran Con

A Dead Sea Scrolls Memoir

by Raphael Golb



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/17/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781665758284
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781665752848
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 524
ISBN : 9781665758291

About the Book

Why did Professor Norman Golb of the Oriental Institute need to be silenced? Why did a small clique monopolize access and publication rights to the Dead Sea Scrolls for more than four decades? Why does the truth matter about where the scrolls came from?

In this documented memoir, Raphael Golb exposes the inside story of the Dead Sea Scrolls controversy and its scandals. He describes how he himself became involved in the controversy—and ended up fighting to stay out of Rikers Island.

For over seventy years, the true historical significance of the scrolls has been obscured by the institutional influence of a threatened scholarly establishment. Never were the stakes made clearer than when powerful Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau took action to protect the reputation of well-connected scroll figures, both in New York and across the United States.

Raphael Golb’s memoir of his journey through the system—in a case that almost reached the Supreme Court—poses the question of where we stand with the First Amendment today. While reigniting the great debate over who wrote the scrolls, Golb’s account also sheds light on broader issues involving academic revolutions, censorship, and how easily power can be abused in a democratic society.

“Institutions and museums, international conferences and books may ostracize the scholar who transmits a new message … A crisis emerges … Eventually … the new paradigm gradually gains adherents and replaces the old.” — Joel Kraemer (2012 essay on Norman Golb)

About the Author

Raphael Golb is a member of the New York State Bar. He received his law degree from New York University and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard. His trial and ensuing struggle for justice made legal history and drew attention to major issues involving scholarly ethics, free and open debate, and the ongoing controversy surrounding the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls.