Religion: Allegro Under Fire

Biblical scholars around the world arched their eyebrows at three BBC broadcasts of British Professor John Marc Allegro of Manchester University last January (TIME, Feb. 6). Philologist Allegro, who had worked on the team deciphering the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem, drew an imposing number of dramatic parallels between Jesus Christ and the Teacher of Righteousness mentioned in the scrolls of the Qumran community, which were found almost nine years ago near the Dead Sea.

Last week Allegro had to admit that his fascinating story was based not on facts in the Dead Sea Scrolls, but "largely on inference. All reconstructions...

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