The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origin of Western Civilization
Where: The Explorers Club
46 E. 70th St.
212-628-8383 Price: $30
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Public Lecture Series with with Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman
More than 70 years ago, Bedouin shepherds discovered a series of jars containing scrolls in a cave in the West Bank. The unearthing of these ancient Jewish manuscripts, now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, set forth a modern day adventure into the past. In the years since they have sparked enormous interest in researchers and the public alike. Thousands of articles, books and documentaries have been produced in the pursuit of explaining both the scrolls and the importance of their discovery. However, the impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the intellectual history of the West is still not widely understood by the general public.
Join Dr. Roitman as he leads you on the journey of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from their discovery and excavations in Khirbet Qumran to their contributions to civilization. Drawing on his experience as curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Israel Museum–home to the eight most complete and well preserved manuscripts in the world–Dr. Roitman will clarify some key issues surrounding their discovery, and present the current state of research on the scrolls themselves.
Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman has served as the head of the Shrine of the Book and the Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum for more than 25 years. He is the author of numerous articles and books about the scrolls and lectures widely about their history, interpretation, and significance. He holds an M. A. in Anthropological Studies from the University of Buenos Aires, as well as an M. A. in Comparative Religions and a Ph.D. in Ancient Jewish Literature and Religion from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Rabbinical ordination from the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary, as well as honorary doctorates from both Rocky Mountain College in the USA and the Catholic University of San Juan in Argentine.
Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm ProgramBuy tickets/get more info now