Lecture and tour to ‘unroll’ the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Ghianda Becerril, Staff Writer

Dr. Mark Goodwin, associate professor of theology and interim dean of the School of Ministry, will join with Dr. Andrew Glicksman, assistant professor of theology, to lead a discussion of the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Friday, Sept. 28.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 972 of the earliest-known surviving copies of biblical and extra-biblical documents. They are typically divided into three groups: copies of texts from the Hebrew Bible; other manuscripts from the Second Temple period, such as fragments from the books of Enoch and Tobit, which were ultimately excluded from the Hebrew Bible; and sectarian manuscripts, which shed light on particular Jewish beliefs and customs, including the Community Rule and the Rule of the Blessing.

“The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was one of the great archeological finds of the 20th century,” Goodwin said.

A Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opened in early July at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. This exhibit was the inspiration behind the lecture and slide presentation, according to Glicksman.

“The seminary has purchased eight scroll-fragments of biblical writings such as Exodus and Deuteronomy,” Goodwin said. “They have created a marvelous exhibit with the scrolls as the centerpiece.”

Aside from the scrolls, the exhibit also features enlarged color photos of the Dead Sea region and many artifacts.

“The exhibit presents Hellenistic and Roman artifacts dating to the time the scrolls were written, and many ancient and modern biblical manuscripts, both originals and facsimiles,” Glicksman said.

Because this exhibit constitutes an excellent resource for those interested in the scrolls, Goodwin and Glicksman, in addition to giving the lecture, will guide members of the University of Dallas community through the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 29, explaining the significance of the scrolls for Christianity.

Registration for this tour is required, and can be arranged through Suzanne Alexander in the theology department. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for other interested parties.

Although the exhibit is open to the entire UD community, seats on the bus are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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