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The University of Southampton
The Parkes Institute

Montefiore Lecture 2021 Event

Qumran Caves
18:00 - 19:30
14 December 2021
Online via zoom.

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Event details

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Contours and Texture of Palestinian Judaism.

About the event

The Dead Sea Scrolls were initially associated with an ancient Jewish sect who positioned themselves on the fringes of Jewish life in Second Temple times. Recent research on the one thousand or so ancient manuscripts – including tens of thousands of fragments – suggests instead that this cache of texts is transforming our knowledge of Palestinian Judaism as a whole in this period which gave rise to Early Judaism and emerging Christianity. This lecture will illustrate the areas where evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls reveals scribes who made a substantial contribution to the foundations of the Jewish and Christian traditions that have shaped the world we live in today.

Speaker information

Professor Sarah J. K. Pearce ,is an Ian Karten Professor of History at the University of Southampton and a member of the University's Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and will chair this event.

Professor Charlotte Hempel ,University of Birmingham ,Charlotte Hempel is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism and Head of the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls including recently The Community Rules: A Commentary, Mohr Siebeck 2020 and with George Brooke, The T&T Clark Companion to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bloomsbury, 2019. She was Editor in Chief of Dead Sea Discoveries from 2012-2018. In 2016 she served as President for the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies and she has been elected President for the Society for Old Testament Study for 2022. Deeply committed to support the future of the field she was Founding Director of the Second Temple Early Career Academy (STECA), a Virtual Common with global reach.

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