The Washington, D.C.-area Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) will host the lecture “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible” on April 30, 2017. Not in the D.C. area? The Biblical Archaeology Society offers a wide range of travel/study programs in the United States and across the globe.
On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Sidnie White Crawford, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, will deliver the lecture “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible.”
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has dramatically increased our knowledge of the history of the text of the Hebrew Bible and the formation of the Jewish canon. This lecture will explore what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the text of the Bible. How did the books of the Bible reach the form they now have? How did scribes copy and pass down their inherited traditions in the Second Temple period?
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The lecture will also consider the process of “canon formation” in the Second Temple period. What Biblical books were considered authoritative for all Jews? Why did different Jewish groups have conflicting lists of authoritative books? How did we get the present canon of Jewish Scripture?
Lavishly illustrated, this lecture will bring alive a little-known period of Jewish history through the lens of these transformative historical documents.
Visit the Dead Sea Scrolls study page in Bible History Daily for more on this priceless collection of ancient manuscripts.
Frank Moore Cross, Emanuel Tov, Sidnie White Crawford and Martin Abegg Jr., “The Dead Sea Scrolls: How They Changed My Life,” BAR, May/June 2007.
Sidnie White Crawford, “Scribe Links Qumran and Masada,” BAR, November/December 2012.
Sidnie White Crawford, “A View from the Caves,” BAR, September/October 2011.
Sidnie White Crawford, “Esther Not Judith,” Bible Review, February 2002.
Sidnie White Crawford, “The Fluid Bible,” Bible Review, June 1999.
Sidnie White Crawford, “Has Every Book of the Bible Been Found Among the Dead Sea Scrolls?” Bible Review, October 1996.
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