Living the Dead Sea Scrolls

Living the Dead Sea ScrollsThis interview with Eve Harow covers such diverse topics as the Essenes, calendar controversies, the history and future of Scrolls scholarship, Jewish-Christian relations and the historic Jesus.

Here’s the blurb:

Professor Lawrence Schiffman is one of the world’s experts  on the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th Century, the Dead Sea Scrolls. He spoke  with Eve last week in Birmingham in the United Kingdom at the annual Limmud UK conference where he had standing room only audiences in his fascinating lectures. Listen in to their lively conversation on Pharisees and Sadducces, Essenes, the Talmud, Christianity, anti-Semitism, modern contacts between Jews and Catholics and so much more. A brilliant man with tremendous knowledge  and experience  on many and varied topics.

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Jews? What Jews?


Jews? What Jews?Imagine the ridiculousness of this: The Palestinians claim that the Jews have no historical connection to Eretz Yisrael, Yerushalayim or the Har Habayis. Nevertheless, they still wish to claim that they are the rightful owners of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In other words, there were never any Jews there—but we want their scrolls anyway! It is this claim, already made during the negotiations leading up to the Oslo Accords in 1993, which caused the recent cancelation of a long-planned exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Frankfurt Bible Museum. Like the almost two dozen other Dead Sea Scrolls exhibits that have been held throughout the world, this latest one was to take place in close cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

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The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

What Have We Learned?

Qumran Cave 4The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956. After an initial flurry of excitement, the scrolls went into a period of quiet withdrawal. When I entered the field in the 1960s, only a few of the scrolls had been published. Those were the ones that were preserved in the Israel Museum that, in 1965, built a home for them known as the Shrine of the Book. A small number of the many texts discovered in the early 1950s while the West Bank was under Jordanian administration had subsequently appeared. I was fascinated by the study of the scrolls, a then little-known and underappreciated group of documents.

Read the rest of the article from the Jewish Tribune.