Florentino García Martínez

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Florentino García Martínez (born in Mochales, Spain in 1942)[1] is a former Catholic priest, now married and for many years professor of religion and theology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a leading expert on messianic ideas in the Dead Sea scrolls.

He is responsible for the standard translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls along with Eibert Tigchelaar: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Study Edition, 2 Volumes, (Leiden/Grand Rapids: Brill Eardmans, 1997 & 1998).

García Martínez has put forward an analysis of the material regarding the Wicked Priest found columns 8 to 12 of the Habakkuk Commentary known as the Groningen hypothesis.


Among García Martínez's more recent publications are:

  • Echoes from the Caves: Qumran and the New Testament. (García Martínez, F., Ed.). (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2009).
  • Defining Identities. We, You, and the Other in the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Garcia Martinez, F., Ed.). (Leiden: Brill, 2008).
  • Wisdom and apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the biblical tradition. (Garcia Martinez, F., Ed.). (Leuven: Peeters, 2003).