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The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference: "The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70" - 16-17/11/2017, New York (NY, USA)





The Center for Ancient Studies' Fall 2017 conference will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls and bring together a group of distinguished scholars to address many of the central questions regarding the contribution of the Scrolls to our understanding of the Bible and the history of Judaism and Christianity. In marking seventy years of scholarship, the Colloquium will also be retrospective: participants will consider how three generations of scholars have addressed the very questions that dominate their own intellectual projects. In addition, this conference will offer an opportunity to consider the role of digital technologies in deciphering these 2,000-year-old manuscripts.


FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 16-17/11/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Room 102, Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, New York (New York, USA)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The NYU Center for Ancient Studies, in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies


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SESSION 1: The Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls

9:15 a.m. Welcome
Matthew S. Santirocco, NYU

9:30 a.m. What Does Archaeology Tell Us about the Community/Communities behind the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina

10:15 a.m. Archaeology and Text: Khirbet Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls Lawrence H. Schiffman, NYU

SESSION 2: Insiders and Outsiders in the Dead Sea Scrolls

11:00 a.m. Sectarians and Their Semantic Domain: How Best—or Least Badly—to Identify the People of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Maxine Grossman, University of Maryland

11:45 a.m. Isolated in the Judean Desert? The Qumran Sectarians in Imperial Contexts
Alexandria Frisch, Ursinus College

SESSION 3: The Projects of the Israel Antiquities Authority

2:00 p.m. The Conservation and Preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 70 Years Later
Pnina Shor, Israel Antiquities Authority

SESSION 4: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Mysterious

2:45 p.m. Magic and Demonology in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Retrospect and Prospect
Joseph Angel, Yeshiva University

3:30 p.m. Angelology, Exorcism, and Other Ancient Jewish Sciences: Before and After the Dead Sea Scrolls
Annette Yoshiko Reed, NYU

4:15 p.m. The Scope and Purpose of Encrypted Writing in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa

SESSION 5: Keynote Address

5:30 p.m. Introduction: The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70
Lawrence H. Schiffman, NYU

6:00 p.m. Violence and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarship and Popular Media
Alex P. Jassen, NYU

7:00 p.m. Public Reception


SESSION 6: Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation

9:00 a.m. The Emergence of the Biblical Text and Canon in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Armin Lange, University of Vienna

9:45 a.m. How They Read the Genesis Apocryphon Then and How We Read It Now
Moshe J. Bernstein, Yeshiva University

SESSION 7: God and Humans

10:30 a.m. The Offering of Lips: What is Prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Daniel Falk, Pennsylvania State University

11:15 a.m. Some Thoughts about Prayer, the Divine,and the Human Self at Qumran
Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College

This event is generously supported and co-sponsored by the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the NYU Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Dean for the Humanities, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, theCenter for the Humanities, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the Religious Studies Program.



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