Thursday, February 16, 2006


Reading List from our Scholar-in-Residence

Alex Jassen, our Scholar-in-Residence, has prepared the following outline of web sites for reading about the Dead Sea Scrolls. We hope this will help all of us focus a little better on the Dead Sea Scrolls and give us all a good start on this subject. Alex has broken the sites down into several levels. We hope you will enjoy your studies and that they will enhance the program we are planning for you prior to your arrival at the retreat.

Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

For the Curious:

1. Basic Information on the Dead Sea Scrolls

a. Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, The Hebrew University.

b. Dead Sea Scrolls Fact Sheet (by Edward Cook)

2. General Information on the Site of Qumran

3. The Library of Congress Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition Website

For the Slightly More Ambitious:

1. Introductory Lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls by James Davila (University of St. Andrews)

For the Even More Ambitious (and willing to go to the bookstore):

1. VanderKam, James C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1994. [a very readable introduction]

2. Davies, Philip R., George J. Brooke, and Phillip R. Callaway. The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.
[Also a good introduction with many pictures and other images]

3. Shanks, Hershel, ed. Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls. A Reader from the Biblical Archaeology Review. New York: Random House, 1992. [A collection of essays intended for a popular educated audience]

Please feel free to contact Alex with questions or additional requests: [apj205 (at) nyu (dot) edu]



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