The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Our Bible
Thursday, Nov. 11
Eugene Ulrich, Ph.D*., Chief Editor of the Biblical Scrolls, University of Notre Dame*
The 230 biblical scrolls from Qumran are a millennium older than previous Hebrew
manuscripts and have illumined a dark period in the history of the biblical text. They have
revolutionized our understanding of how the Scriptures grew from national and religious
traditions to sacred authoritative texts. Now they provide manuscript evidence for the growth
of revised literary editions suggested by scholars since the Enlightenment. This slide lecture
will deal with the dynamic composition of the biblical books, the surprises offered by the
biblical scrolls and how superior readings from the scrolls are improving modern translations
of the Bible.
Publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls
Thursday, Nov. 18
Emanuel Tov, J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Editor-in-Chief,
Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project
Following their initial discovery, thousands of fragile fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls were handed over to
the scholars in complete disarray and some were badly damaged. An international team of 8 scholars was
appointed to inventory, identify and photograph the priceless documents as the first step towards final
publication. Following a series of delays and mounting international pressure, the Israel Antiquities
Authority initiated new procedures in 1990 and named Professor Emanuel Tov as the Editor-in-Chief of the
International Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. Under his leadership, the scrolls have finally been
published and made available to the public and scholars, opening a new chapter in scrolls research.
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Thursday, Dec. 2
Peter W. Flint, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Studies and Director, The Dead Sea Scrolls Institute,
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have transformed scholarship on the New Testament. These ancient manuscripts
clearly show that many of the ideas contained in the sacred books were actually part of Judaism in the first
century B.C. and not added by later Christian generations to validate their faith. Biblical scholar Peter Flint
will explore the philosophy of Jesus in relationship to similar concepts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.