Tonight I'm heading down to San Diego for one of Dead Sea Scrolls lectures offered in conjunction with the exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tonight's lecturer is Eugene Ulrich, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He's one of the foremost scroll scholars in the country, publishing five of the critical volumes of Discoveries in the Judean Desert, the definitive translations of the DSS texts. As a part of my Scripture and Canon class, we read portions of his book, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible, which blew my mind.
Anyway, here's the description of tonight's lecture:
The 230 biblical scrolls from Qumran are a millennium older than previous Hebrew manuscripts. They have illumined a dark period in the history of biblical text and revolutionized our understanding of how the Scriptures grew from national and religious traditions to sacred authoritative texts. Dr. Ulrich will discuss the dynamic composition of the biblical books, the surprises offered by the biblical scrolls, and how superior readings from the scrolls are improving modern translations of the Bible.
If you're going to be in the area, and want to learn more about the Dead Sea Scrolls, this lecture series is going to be amazing. I've got tickets for about eight other lectures in the series. If anyone wants to join up for one or more of them, let me know...