Exploring Qumran: Uncovering the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Academic I, Room 194

Discovered by mere coincidence in 1947 at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine and just before the establishment of the State of Israel, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest known surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible. The scrolls, found in the caves of Qumran, date back to the time of the Second Temple and also contain writings that did not go into the Bible (apocryphal) and writings that pertain to the rules, beliefs, and experiences of the group which penned them (the Jewish sect of the Essenes). On March 28, FIU's Middle East Society will present a lecture by Dr. Erik Larson who will discuss the content of the scrolls, their significance to biblical history and the time period in which they were written, and the more modern political history of these scrolls after their discovery. The lecture will take place at 2:30pm on FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, Academic 1 Building, Room 194. For more information contact the Middle East Society at 305-919-4839. Parking is complimentary. The event is open to the public.

Erik Larson is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls having been invited in 1991 to join the original team editing the text. His edited works of the Scrolls have appeared in a publication series published by Oxford University Press. He has also written a study on the Book of Enoch, one of the most important of the early Jewish apocalyptic works. The study is published by E.J. Brill. For more information about Larson click here.