Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.
By September 11, 2016 Read More →

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are 900 fragments of what were scrolls in antiquity, which constituted the library of a group of Jews who lived at the shore of the Dead Sea. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

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Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Scrolls were discovered not by the Bedouin boy, as everyone says, but in the Cairo Genizah in the 1860s and on. In 1947, the Bedouin boy discovered the “first” seven scrolls. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

What kinds of texts are found in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
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What kinds of texts are found in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Scrolls fall into three categories – books of the Hebrew scriptures, apocryphal literature and materials from the sectarians themselves. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

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The Dead Sea Sect
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The Dead Sea Sect

The Dead Sea Sect was a group of Jews who broke off from the Temple establishment, leaving Jerusalem in about 152 BCE when Jonathan the Maccabee took over as high priest. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Media
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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Media

The media assumed that the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls would solve problems related to Christianity, but the Scrolls are actually biblical and Second Temple Jewish texts. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

What We Learn from the Scrolls
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What We Learn from the Scrolls

The richness of the inner debate of Judaism and the beautiful literature of the Second Temple period becomes clear through the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

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The Scrolls and Christianity
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The Scrolls and Christianity

There is still a popular conception that the Dead Sea Scrolls can solve the problem of early Christianity, but that prevents us from learning about the rise of Christianity through these Jewish texts. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

What lessons can be learned from the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls?
By September 1, 2016 Read More →

What lessons can be learned from the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The real relevance of the Dead Sea Scrolls is not the Scrolls themselves, but a real understanding of Second Temple times. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

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Qumran Cave IV, Exterior
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Qumran Cave IV, Exterior

Qumran Caves are a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judean Dessert in the West Bank. It is in a number of these caves that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The limestone cliffs above Qumran contain numerous caves that have been used over the millennia: the first traces […]

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The Dead Sea Scrolls and the People Who Wrote Them
By August 17, 2016 Read More →

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the People Who Wrote Them

After a quarter century of discovery and publication, the study of the manuscripts from the desert of Judah has entered a new, more mature phase. True, the heat and noise of the early controversies have not wholly dissipated. One occasionally hears the agonized cry of a scholar pinned beneath a collapsed theory. And in the […]