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Émile Puech & Farah Mébarki, Los Manuscritos del Mar Muerto: Nueva edición revisada. With the participation of G.J. Brooke, M. Broshi, F.G. Martínez, A. Steudel & E.C. Ulrich. Buenos Aires. Edited by SB with the support and participation of the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente (CEHAO). 2009. 320 pp. with 172 color reproductions. Spanish. ISBN: 9789871256655

In 1947, in caves located around Qumran, near the Dead Sea, some Bedouins discover leather scrolls with signs that they are unable to decipher. While thinking about benefiting with the booty, they show the scrolls to an antique dealer who, considering the importance of the finding, makes contact with scholars: it is the beginning of the adventure of the Dead Sea manuscripts. Hundred of thousand fragments copied during the third century B.C. and the first century A.C are quickly discovered. Among them, several passages of the Old Testament, Biblical apocrypha and literature of a religious group that inhabited in the site of Qumran: the Essenes. Now that their publication has come to light, Émile Puech, one of the official editors of the manuscripts, several scholars and journalist Farah Mébarki, present the research.

The Dead Sea manuscripts precede by a millennium the earliest known Hebrew manuscripts; that is why they offer a more authentic image of the Bible and of the Jewish world in the times of Jesus. In order to better appreciate their importance, the authors multiply the views: a historical and geopolitical approximation provides the general context in which the Qumran Essenes lived. The epigraphic and philological perspectives reveal the deciphering work and investigation carried out on the manuscripts, and focus on the results in the fields of the religious, linguistic, scientific and technical knowledge. Finally, an ideological and archaeological perspective tries to comprehend how and according to which rules the daily life of the Essenes was organized, what distinguished them from other Jewish groups of the periods (Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots …) and the influences that the community’s main figures had in the religious thought.
Also, some disturbing question arise: why the Essenes was the only important Jewish religious group never mentioned in the Gospel texts? Did John the Baptist have contact with them? Did Jesus know their teachings?
The participation of some of the most important world scholars on Qumran and abundant color figures taken from the scholars’ unpublished pictures, make this book an unavoidable work.

Flammini, R. (Comp.), Aproximación al "Antiguo Egipto". Buenos Aires, EDUCA, 2004. 180 pp., with maps and illustrations. ISBN 950-523-314-0

This book reunites the outcomes of an extra-curricular Conference entitled “The Ancient Egypt, a Millenary Civilization,” that took place at UCA during October 2002.


13 Prólogo
17 Diversos aspectos de la representación plástica y la expresión en el arte del Antiguo Egipto
Jorge Bedoya
51 Próximos y distantes: Egipto y África, del Período Predinástico al Reino Antiguo
Marcelo Campagno
81 Ciudades de Egipto. Historia y Cerámica. Tell er -Ub'a (Mendes)
Alicia Daneri Rodrigo
101 Asiáticos en Egipto: Los Hicsos
Roxana Flammini
141 La vida en el más allá: de Mastabas, Pirámides e Hipogeos
Javier Paysás

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