My background for this is meager, just a keen interest in the inter-testamental era. (200 BCE to 200 AD) And some careful reading of the excelent books by Golb and Wise.
However, one doesn't need to be a Biblical scholar to enjoy the divers points of view represented here.
My favorite sections were those concerning the copper scroll, which told of the locations of other caches.
Let's evaluate this scroll with a recent article in US News & World Report (July 9, 2001, page 44: "Gone, but not forgotten") In that article it was reported how a Jewish photographer in Poland in October 1942, stashed 400 photographs in numerous different locations.
After the war he returned and found them all. This is remarkable, and leads us to the question as to how many Dead Sea Scrolls remain to be found?
One of the authors notes that in the perios of the Roman conquest (66 AD to 70 AD) the temple at Jerusalem was under the influence of a sect called "Pharisees". (See Mathew and Acts for comparable discussion) Since this group was of an "oral history" bent, as compared with Saducees, who were more inclined to write, it is probable that scribes, not priests were the carriers (buryers) of the thousands of leather scrolls.
This is a great book. A page turner. If you get just one on this topic, buy this one.
Oh, is it possible that more scrolls will be found under the tallis (rubble) at Masada?
Bernie Lumbert Phoenix, AZ