The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference – The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

QumranThe NYU Center for Ancient Studies, in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, announces 

The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference
The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

November 16-17, 2017
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)

SESSION 1: The Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls
9:15 a.m. Welcome
Matthew S. Santirocco, NYU

9:30 a.m. What Does Archaeology Tell Us about the Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina

10:15 a.m. Archaeology and Text: Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Lawrence H. Schiffman, NYU

SESSION 2: Insiders and Outsiders in the Dead Sea Scrolls
11:00 a.m. Sectarians and Their Semantic Domain: How Best—or Least Badly—to Identify the People of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland

11:45 a.m. Isolated in the Judean Desert? The Qumran Sectarians in Imperial Contexts
Alexandria Frisch, Ursinus College

SESSION 3: The Projects of the Israel Antiquities Authority
2:00 p.m. The Conservation and Preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 70 Years Later

Pnina Shor, Israel Antiquities Authority

SESSION 4: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Mysterious
2:45 p.m. Magic and Demonology in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Retrospect and Prospect

Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University

3:30 p.m. Angelology, Exorcism, and Other Ancient Jewish Sciences: Before and After the Dead Sea Scrolls
Annette Yoshiko Reed, NYU

4:15 p.m. The Scope and Purpose of Encrypted Writing in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa

SESSION 5: Keynote Address
5:30 p.m. Introduction: The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

Lawrence H. Schiffman, NYU

6:00 p.m. Violence and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarship and Popular Media
Alex P. Jassen, NYU

7:00 p.m. Public Reception

SESSION 6: Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation
9:00 a.m. The Emergence of the Biblical Text and Canon in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Armin Lange, University of Vienna

9:45 a.m. How They Read the Genesis Apocryphon Then and How We Read It Now

Moshe J. Bernstein, Yeshiva University

SESSION 7: God and Humans
10:30 a.m. The Offering of Lips: What is Prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Daniel Falk, Pennsylvania State University

11:15 a.m. Some Thoughts about Prayer, the Divine,and the Human Self at Qumran
Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College

This event is generously supported and co-sponsored by the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the NYU Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Dean for the Humanities, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Center for the Humanities, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the Religious Studies Program.

This conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Ancient Studies at 212.992.7978 or at

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