New Dead Sea Scrolls?

Understanding an Exciting New Find of Ancient Books of Tanach in a Cave in the Judean Desert

New Dead Sea ScrollsSince the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, there has been a constant race between Bedouin antiquities hunters and archaeologists. This time the archaeologists won, and the prize was well worth the effort. In about 2002, numerous Dead Sea Scrolls fragments started to appear on the antiquities market. Although we now know that these were all forged, at the time it was believed that some of them were being pillaged by Bedouins from caves in the Judean Desert. There had been a thorough search, conducted by archaeologists, soldiers and (yes!) Bedouins, of much of the Judean Desert and the area around Jericho when the Oslo Accords went into effect in 1995. That search had turned up some documents brought to caves on the shore of the Dead Sea by refugees during the Bar Kochba Revolt against Rome in 132-5 CE. But in 2017, in order to prevent the pillaging of antiquities, another operation was launched by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to survey all the caves in the Judean Desert and to excavate those that held promise for the recovery of… Continue reading

The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Bible Interpretation and the Dead Sea ScrollsThe Dead Sea Scrolls are of immense significance for the history of the text and interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. This illustrated lecture led by Professor Lawrence Schiffman, will discuss the character of the various text-types in evidence in the Qumran biblical manuscripts and their significance for the history of the biblical text. The lecture will explore the various forms of biblical exegesis, rewritten Bible, Pesher and legal interpretation, and their contribution to the history of Judaism and Christianity.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:30 PM on Zoom: Passcode 171692

The Purple of Royalty

Slaves Hill, TimnaA recent report from Israeli archaeologists should be of great interest to all of us. Excavations at Timna, just north of Eilat, have revealed a hoard of textiles, including some dyed purple, from the era of Kings Dovid and Shlomo, almost 3,000 years ago. No, Timna was not part of the Jewish kingdom at that time, but this is very much a story of significance for the history of Bnei Yisrael in the time of the Tanach. In fact, we will see that it is even connected to our understanding of the building of the Beis Hamikdash.

Read The Purple of Royalty in Ami Magazine.