CPART has been actively involved in Dead Sea Scrolls research and publications since 1996. A major milestone was reached in 2006 with the publication of a fully revised and updated version of the non-biblical texts from Qumran (DSSEL). This powerful research tool provides unprecedented access to images, texts, grammatical analysis and translations of these unique documents.
However, the Dead Sea Scrolls contains not only the records and teachings of a particular Jewish community, but also the Bible of that community. The significance of this part of the discovery cannot be overstated. When a scholar picks up a copy of the Hebrew Bible today, it is based on a text that was copied nearly a thousand years after the Dead Sea Scrolls Community flourished. If we want to study our earliest manuscript evidence for the Hebrew Bible, we must turn to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Like the publication of the non-biblical scrolls, this database will include images, transcriptions (with parallel MT) and translations. The publication is prepared under the direction of the editor, Professor Donald Parry (BYU).