The oldest Biblical
manuscripts in existence, the Dead Sea Scrolls were
found in caves near Jerusalem in 1947, only to be kept a
tightly held secret for nearly fifty more years, until
the Huntington Library unleashed a storm of controversy
in 1991 by releasing copies of the Scrolls. In this
gripping investigation authors Baigent and
Leigh set out to discover how a small coterie of
orthodox biblical scholars gained control over the
Scrolls, allowing access to no outsiders and issuing a
strict "consensus" interpretation.
authors' questions begin in Israel, then lead them to
the corridors of the Vatican and into the offices of the
Inquisition. With the help of independent scholars,
historical research, and careful analysis of available
texts, the authors reveal what was at stake for these
orthodox guardians: The Scrolls present startling
insights into early Christianity—insights that challenge
the Church's version of the "facts."
just a dramatic expose of the intrigues surrounding
these priceless documents, The Dead Sea Scrolls
Deception presents nothing less than a new, highly
significant perspective on Christianity.
Baigent graduated from Canterbury University,
Christchurch, New Zealand. Richard Leigh followed
his degree from Tufts University with postgraduate
studies at the University of Chicago and the State
University of New York at Stony Brook. Together the
authors have also written Holy Blood, Holy Grail; The
Messianic Legacy; and The Temple and the Lodge. Both
writers live in England.