Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
In 1946-1947, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by accident near the site of Qumran. Eventually the remains of approximately 1000 scrolls were found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we explore the archaeological remains of Qumran, which was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect who deposited the scrolls in the nearby caves, and examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Jodi Magness, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Eerdmans 2002).
James C. VanderKam, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (Eerdmans 1994) (there is an updated edition).