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Boston College, Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery, Scandal, Mysteries

Thursday, October 17, 6–8 p.m.
Higgins 310

On 10/17 the Theology Department will host a public lecture and discussion by Yonder Moynihan Gillihan and David Vanderhooft, "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery, Scandal, Mysteries." Prof. Gillihan will discuss their origin and discovery, with attention to the fascinating societies, characters and scandals that surrounded the scrolls in both ancient and modern times. Prof. Vanderhooft will discuss how the Dead Sea Scrolls affect our understanding of the Biblical text, as well as how early Jews and Christians conceived of Scripture and its authority. In addition to what has been learned from the Scrolls, Profs. Gillihan and Vanderhooft will discuss mysteries that remain unresolved. The event will conclude with at least 30 minutes for questions and discussion, so please come prepared to ask what you've always wanted to know about these fascinating texts!

A reception with light refreshments will follow.

For more information, please call 617-552-1614.


Yonder Moynihan Gillihan is Associate Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. His work focuses on the relationship between law, ethics, and eschatology in the Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, and other early Jewish writings.

David Vanderhooft is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible. His research focuses on Israel's prophetic literature in the context of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. His recent book on pottery inscriptions won the 2012 G. Ernest Wright Prize from the American Schools of Oriental Research.