Originally published in German, this work contains the insights of Hartmut Stegemann, one of the world's premier experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Stegemann recounts his personal experiences examining the scrolls, and gives his thoughts and conclusions about the contents and meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. "The English translation of Stegemann's introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls is a most welcome addition to the literature on these texts. He has distinguished himself for decades as one of the world's foremost authorities in the area of Qumran studies, and in his book he uses his comprehensive, first-hand knowledge to address the basic issues in creative and challenging ways. Students of the Bible and the Scrolls will find reading The Library of Qumran to be an enriching experience." -James C. VanderKam, University of Notre Dame. Hartmut Stegemann is professor of New Testament studies, director of the Institute for Ancient Judaism, and head of the Qumran Research Center, University of Gottingen, Germany.