“Qumran and the Companions of the Cave”


One of the caves at Qumran in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found


One of my favorite articles by Hugh Nibley, “Qumran and the Companions of the Cave,” originally appeared in the Revue de Qumran 5 (April 1965): 177-198.  It was republished by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (or FARMS, the precursor organization to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) in Old Testament and Related Studies, the eleventh volume in the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, and is online at http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/books/?bookid=52&chapid=478.


My friend and former FARMS colleague John Tvedtnes has alerted me to its latest republication in Ibn Warraq, Koranic Allusions: The Biblical, Quranic, and Pre-Islamic Background to the Koran (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2013).

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  • Stephen Smoot

    Sure enough, it appears as chapter 7 of part 2 – or so the preview function on amazon.com tells me.

    Anyone who is familiar with Prometheus Books will not miss the great irony in them publishing something by Hugh Nibley.

    • DanielPeterson


    • http://nathanrichardson.com/ Nathan

      Care to elaborate?

      • Stephen Smoot

        Prometheus Books publishes stuff espousing atheist/secular humanist views. Prometheus Books has also published atheistic critiques of Mormonism, including something by George D. Smith of Signature Books.


        For Prometheus Books to (re)publish work by Mormonism’s chief apologist is highly amusing, and ironic.

        • DanielPeterson

          I would imagine that Ibn Warraq (a pseudonym for an apostate Muslim scholar) and Prometheus Books selected the Nibley article because they see it as ammunition to use against the inspiration of the Qur’an. I doubt that Professor Nibley himself saw it that way.