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The following update of the DSS Congress in Jerusalem was posted on

Avital Pinnick
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> An International Congress
>                                               [Image]
> Major Issues and New Approaches
> Jerusalem, July 20-25,1997
>                    WATCH THE CONGRESS UNFOLD
> Monday, July 22, 1997.
> In the first day of the congress some 30 papers dealt with
> three main fields:
> The Bible and its interpretation; poetical, liturgical and
> Sapiential texts and archaeology. By and large, most scholars
> adhered to mainstream interpretations. Disagreements were
> mainly on archaeology, although, some scholars did challenged
> the accepted interpretation about the Qumran sect.
>                         Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine
>                        of the Book, at The Israel Museum,
>                        Jerusalem, explained these diversified
>                        interpretations of noted Dead Sea
>                        Scroll scholars: `'The first challenge
>                        was advanced by Professor Joseph
>    [Image]             Patrich, of the University of Haifa,
>                        who disagreed with the traditional
>                        position according to which it is
>                        believed that sectarians lived near
>                        the Dead Sea in caves. He argued, to
>                        the contrary, that the sectarians
>                        lived in the main building located at
>                        the Qumran archaeological site.
> The second challenge was expressed by Dr. Yizhar Hirschfeld
> from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He stated that the
> type of complex found at the Qumran site maybe defined as
> manor houses of well-to-do landlords who benefited from the
> flourishing economy following the Roman conquest of the East."
> Another theory concerning Masada was proposed by Joe Zias from
> the Israel Antiquities' Authority. He states that the human
> skeletal remains from Masada discovered in 1963-65 have been
> an enigma to researchers, especially because of the presence
> of pig bones in the southern cave. As a result, the C-14 dates
> 40 - 115 CE showed conclusively that these remains were not
> Byzantine.
> These are just a few examples of the varied controversies
> presented at this international congress that make the Dead
> Sea Scrolls come alive to scholars and laymen alike.
>  During the congress week, the scrolls continue to
>  attract visitors from all over the World . The
>  Venerable Mettanando Bhikkhu, special U.N. advisor
>  to the Secretary General for Buddhist Affairs,     [Image]
>  came to see the exhibition, "A Day at Qumran", The
>  Dead Sea Sect and its Scrolls at the Shrine of the
>  Book, which continues to attract hundreds of
>  visitors every day.
>                      Some of the participants to the congress,
>                      chose to take part in a special workshop,
>                      at the Ruth Youth Wing, "Back to Qumran".
>                      The program includes, drama, video, a
>                      conservation hands on activity, ancient
>  [Image]             text interpretation, and culminates in a
>                      Qumran style ritual feast. This popular
>                      program is aimed at youth, educators and
>                      laymen and encourages lively discussion
>                      of of the Essene way of life and its
>                      relevance to our lives today.
> The computer assisted research of the Dead Sea Scrolls,
> promises to be a popular session scheduled for tomorrow
> afternoon, so bookmark this page and come back to find out how
> the latest in digital technologies are enhancing academic
> research.
> Susan Hazan