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The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference – The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70 (New York, November 16–17, 2017)

The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference

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Digital letter restoration at Qumran

For those who are interested in paleography and computerized letter restoration: A very interesting paper by Lior Uzan, Nachum Dershowitz and Lior Wolf (Tel Aviv University) on letter restoration at Qumran:

This article will be presented at the next ICDAR conference in Kyto.

Program for Lublin Conference

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International Symposium: The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy: “Clear a Path in the Wilderness” (Jerusalem, 29 April–3 May, 2018)

Open Call for Papers


Conveners: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Vienna, New York University, the Israel Antiquities Authority, The Israel Museum

VenuesThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Israel Museum

To mark seventy years since the initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an international symposium will be held in Jerusalem, April 29–May 3, 2018. The overarching symposium theme will be “The Wilderness”—as a real place; as the location of biblical episodes, most notably during the formative years of Israel’s wandering from Egypt to the Promised Land; as a motif; and as a concept (sometimes idealized, sometimes demonized).

The wilderness figures prominently in biblical texts and in the literature of the Second Temple, rabbinic, early Christian, and early Islamic periods. It was also a place of habitation by various groups during these periods, which have left us archaeological sites, artefacts, documents and the more than 1500 Dead Sea Scrolls. Conference papers may address any aspect of the wilderness as it relates to Qumran; other Judean Desert sites; the Dead Sea Scrolls; and the associated late antique literatures, cultures and religions—particularly, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Papers may focus on such topics as the reception of biblical figures (e.g., Moses, Aaron, Phineas, Miriam, Balaam), events (e.g., the giving of the law, the sin of the golden calf, the building of the tabernacle, covenant ceremonies), and themes (e.g., revelation, law, covenant, rebellion against God, sanctuary, water, and manna) connected with Israel’s time in the wilderness; relevant textual and philological analyses; the use of the relevant biblical passages in shaping later texts; the influence of the desert climate, flora, and fauna on the ancient texts and their state of preservation.

The conference will feature invited lectures; open sessions; and two public lectures. Paperswill be accepted for the open sessions in accordance with the relevance of the topic to the overall program. Please send a proposal of no more than 250 words to the Orion Center: orioncenter(at)

Deadline for receipt of proposals is September 20, 2017; responses will be mailed by October 31.


Symposium organizers:

  • Esther Chazon, Director, The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
  • Armin Lange, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Director of the Institute for Jewish
    Studies, University of Vienna;
  • Lawrence H. Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies,
    Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University;
  • Pnina Shor, Curator and Head of Dead Sea Scrolls Projects, The Israel Antiquities Authority;
  • Adolfo D. Roitman, Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of The Shrine of the Book, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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ISBL/EABS Joint Meeting in Berlin, Germany, August 7–11, 2017

Please note the Qumran (and related) Program Units at the ISBL/EABS Joint Meeting in Berlin, Germany, August 7–11, 2017!

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting (ISBL)

Jutta Jokiranta / Matthew Goff

The unit provides forum for presentation and discussion of views relating to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Qumran settlement, and the people of that place and of those documents.

The Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls unit plans four sessions:

1. “Dead Sea Scrolls and the Genre Apocalypse” will be convened jointly with the Apocalyptic Literature program unit. This session will reconsider questions related to genre and definitions of apocalyptic literature, in light of the full publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, exploring issues such as apocalyptic rhetoric, social setting, and eschatology. Some papers are invited but we also welcome proposals.

2. “Tracing and Facing Possibility of Forgeries: Methodology, Ethics, Policies” is an open session on the status of unprovenanced material in Qumran studies. SBL has recently announced a new policy on unprovenanced materials. In summer 2016, the controversy over the “Gospel of Jesus’s wife” fragment was traced to Berlin by Ariel Sabar. Around that time, Qumran scholars began to express skepticism about the authenticity of some fragments attributed to Qumran which have surfaced since 2002. We invite papers to engage one or more of the following topics in a cooperative and collegial spirit:

  • Developments and discussion on post-2002 DSS fragments/other recent material: What has happened and what can we learn from these processes?
  • Methodology: How to identify forgeries? Which technological/material/paleographical analyses are available/most important?
  • Ethics: Whose responsibility is it to look into the nature of the material in collections? To what extent can their history and provenance be traced? How are discovery narratives constructing reality?
  • Policies: To what extent is the new SBL policy helpful? What implications can be expected?

3. The third session is an invited interdisciplinary session that will explore intersections between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Manichean literature, in particular the Turfan collection, which is kept in Berlin.

4. For our final session we welcome proposals on any issue pertaining to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) Annual Conference

Mika Pajunen / Jeremy Penner

The Research Group provides a forum for discussing the Dead Sea Scrolls, with a particular emphasis on worship in the Scrolls and in other sources from the late Second Temple period, such as, some of the late books of the Hebrew Bible (e.g., Chronicles, Daniel, and some Psalms), the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, as well as available inscriptions and archaeological evidence.

For the 2017 meeting in Berlin we invite proposals for two different sessions. The first is a partly invited thematic session that will focus on the topic of ritual and method as it relates to worship. For the second session we invite papers dealing with any aspect of the Dead Sea Scrolls. All proposals related to these two overall topics are welcome, but preference is given to papers that bring the Scrolls into a dialogue with other available sources from the late Second Temple period.

International Conference, Metz, France, October 17–19, 2017

International Conference, Metz, October 17-19 2017

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Research Assistantship at Qumran Dictionary Project, Göttingen

On behalf of Annette Steudel from the Goettingen Qumran Dictionary Project:

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiter im Projekt „Hebräisches und Aramäisches Qumran-Wörterbuch“, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen

Die Göttinger Akademie der Wissenschaften schreibt eine wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter-Stelle für das Unternehmen “Qumran-Wörterbuch“ aus. Bewerberinnen/Bewerber müssen die deutsche Sprache fließend beherrschen und hervorragende Hebräisch-Kenntnisse besitzen. Interesse und Erfahrungen im Umgang mit den Texten vom Toten Meer und dem Alten Testament wären von Vorteil. Informationen finden sich auf der website der Göttinger Akademie der Wissenschaften: Das Auswahlverfahren beginnt am 1. August 2017, und die üblichen Bewerbungsunterlagen müssen bis zu diesem Termin eingereicht sein.


Research Assistantship, Hebrew and Aramaic Qumran-Dictionary, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities invites applications for a Research Assistantship associated with the Hebrew and Aramaic Qumran-Dictionary. Applicants, who must also be fluent in German, are expected to have excellent Hebrew Language skills. Interest and experience in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible would be an advantage. Information can be found on the website of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1 2017, and the usual application documents must be submitted before that date.

Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lublin, Poland, 25–26 October 2017

Conference “The Dead Sea Scrolls Seventy Years Later”
Lublin, Poland, 25–26 October 2017

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call for papers:

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