Dead Sea Scrolls Conference

Date(s) - March 23, 2020 - March 24, 2020
All Day

TWU Richmond

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Scribes Between Sources & Scripture: Ancient Jewish Traditions in & After the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) provided both new texts and fresh contexts to explore the formation, transmission, and reception of ancient Judaism’s literary heritage. Ongoing studies on these materials revealed that the scribal cultures represented among the Qumran collection both drew upon and contributed to developing authoritative traditions. They navigated and reinvigorated ancestral discourses, encountered and integrated traditions of their larger cultural contexts, and updated and extended a broad set of scriptures for new generations and ever-changing communities. The conference program includes an international group of scholars who will use the Aramaic DSS as a launching point to discover what these writings reveal about the scope of sources at play in the pre-canonical period, gain new insights into the scribal strategies used to adapt and develop them, and rethink the evidence for reception of Aramaic traditions in other literatures or movements.

The event is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism at Trinity Western University.


We invite local scholars and advanced students interested in the intersection of the DSS with the thought and literature of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity. Registration will include: a conference packet, full attendance at program sessions, as well as lunch and refreshment breaks on both days. To remove cost barriers to attendance, registration fees are subsidized by the Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism. Space is limited, so please register promptly.

To secure your spot, please register here. Registration opens December 1, 2019.

To extend the global reach of the conference, while minimizing the global impact required by travel, the full program will be streamed live. For details, please follow the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute on Facebook.


For full program schedule, see here.


The conference program will include presentations by the following:

Devorah Dimant (University of Haifa)

James VanderKam (University of Notre Dame)

Annette Yoshiko Reed (New York University)

Andrew Perrin (Trinity Western University)

Molly Zahn (Kansas City University)

Matthew Goff (Florida State University)

James M. Scott (Trinity Western University)

Daniel Machiela (McMaster University)

Tupá Guerra (Museu Guido Mondin​)

Matthew L. Walsh (Acadia Divinity College)

Lorenzo DiTommaso (Concordia University)

Jessi Orpana (University of Helsinki)

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