From jacket flap:
This is The Untold Story of Qumran – an electrifying combination of the modern and the ancient, of intrigue, adventure, scholarly documentation, and picturesque local color – all told by the first American to examine, study, date, and photograph the Dead Sea Scrolls.
John C. Trever was preparing a study of the flora of the Bible in the Holy Land in 1948 when a very ordinary phone call changed the course of his study – and his life. Would he supply information concerning some archaic Hebrew manuscripts?
And so John Trever stepped into the drama that had started a year earlier when three Bedouin shepherds happened upon a cave among the cliffs above Khirbet Qumran. The leather scrolls which they found there were destined to create a new era of Biblical studies in the Western world. Here, illustrated with the author’s own color photographs, is an accurate, absorbing account of the mystery which has shrouded the greatest archaeological discovery of the century.