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September 13, 2005

Source: Trinity Western University:

Shepherding biblical history: Dead Sea Scrolls editor-in-chief speaks at TWU

On Thursday, September 22, the public is invited to hear Emanuel Tov, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of the International Dead Sea Scrolls publication project, discuss the process of “Publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

The unexpected discovery of the Scrolls in 1947 was a pivotal find for biblical archaeology that took years to make public. This September, Tov shares how the process of recovering the contents of the Scrolls—including ancient Scripture dated to third century B.C.E.—has helped readers around the world understand thousands of years of biblical history.

Nearly 60 years ago a Bedouin shepherd found the Scrolls stowed in the Qumran caves in the Dead Sea region of Israel. The Scrolls—in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek—were fragile and fragmented but proved to include the oldest copies of Old Testament Scripture.

Following their discovery, thousands of portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls were handed to scholars to inventory, identify and photograph as the first step towards final publication. After a series of delays and mounting international pressure, the Israel Antiquities Authority named Professor Tov Editor-in-Chief of the International Dead Sea Scrolls publication project in 1990.

As editor, Tov led a team of over 70 scholars worldwide through the process of publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls in the “Discoveries in the Judaean Desert” series. A professor of Bible at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tov is an expert in the textual criticism of Hebrew and Greek Scripture and has written eleven books and edited fourteen books on the subject.

TWU's Martin Abegg, Ph.D. and Peter Flint, Ph.D., have both contributed to the international scholarship surrounding the Scrolls. Abegg, Professor of Religious Studies, is an authority on the War Scroll. Flint, Professor of Religious Studies and Canadian Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, is the official editor of the Isaiah Scroll. Both scholars co-direct the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at TWU.

The evening will also include a book signing by Professor Tov as well as an art show presented by Lika Tov, Professor Tov's wife, whose work with Dead Sea Scrolls themes is internationally renown.

Event: Publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls
Presented by Emanuel Tov of Israel
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest Building Auditorium, Northwest Building at Trinity Western University 7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC
Cost: Students: $5.00, General Admission: $10.00
Contact: For more information contact Loriane Frewing, 604-888-7511 ext. 2022 or

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