Photo by Garo Nalbandian

ON THE COVER: Pillar-like cliffs with a skirt of rock rise about 150 feet above the Wadi Qumran, on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. Seven of the 11 caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, doorways into another era, pierce the cliff face. (The other four Dead Sea Scroll caves lie a little to the north.) Although many scroll fragments remain unpublished, the published scrolls have already produced a bounty of new information as described in “The Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Christianity: Part One.”