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From: "Professor L.W. Hurtado" <email@example.com>
I append below an announcement of the special conference on the
Qumran scrolls we will hold here next year. N.B. the call for short
papers at the end of the announcement.
===An International Conference on
The Dead Sea Scrolls in their Historical Context
5-6 May 1998
New College, Faculty of Divinity,
University of Edinburgh
Dr. Timothy H. Lim, Prof. Larry Hurtado and Prof. A. Graeme Auld
Conference Executive: Dr. Alison Jack
The primary aim of this conference is to situate the Dead Sea Scrolls
the context of Judaism in the Second Temple period. Most scholars,
certainly not all, believe that the Qumran community who owned these
are to be identified with the Essene sect known from the classical
sources--primarily Philo, Pliny and Josephus. If so, are the Dead Sea
Scrolls marginal and the community standing behind them peripheral to
that existed in the centuries around the turning of the era? Phrased
differently, is the Qumran community simply one of several fringe
groups, about whom we now happen to know more than we do about others?
our picture of nascent Judaism skewed as a result of their chance
and intensive research into the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Formulating the question this way also begs the question of what we know
the first place about the religious practices and theology of the
Jew in Second Temple Judaism. Was the sacrificial system of the
cultus 'normative' or 'common'? This Conference aims to draw leading
scholars from various disciplines--Qumran specialists, biblical
historians, and lawyers--together to discuss the fours areas of
biblical texts, halakhot, and messianism.
E. P. Sanders, Eugene C. Ulrich, Lawrence H. Schiffman, John J. Collins,
Philip R. Davies, Philip S. Alexander, Timothy H. Lim, Julio
Trebolle-Barrera, James C. VanderKam, George J. Brooke and Bernard
Geza Vermes, Professor Emeritus of the University of Oxford, will be
four public lectures on "The Dead Sea Scrolls and Jesus the Jew" in the
Summer Term of 1998 as Gunning Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity of
University of Edinburgh and his lectures will be coordinated with the
Call for Short Papers:
Proposals for short papers (ca. 20-25 minutes) are invited for
the organizing committee. Please send a 500 word proposal to: Dr.
Lim, Dept. of Hebrew & Old Testament Studies, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1
Scotland; tel. 0131-650-8919; fax: 0131-650-6579; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
L. W. Hurtado
University of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2LX