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THE DAMASCUS DOCUMENT: A CENTENNIAL OF DISCOVERY
Third Orion International Symposium
4-8 FEBRUARY 1998
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Beit Maiersdorf Faculty Club Room 502 - Mount Scopus
This year we celebrate the centennial of the Damascus Document's
discovery in the Cairo Geniza (CD) and also the recently published DJD
edition of the Qumran Damascus manuscripts. Since its inital discovery,
CD sparked a lively debate partiularly about its sectarian origins and
halacha, issues with far-reaching implications not only for the
development of Jewish law but also for the very nature of Second Temple
period Judaisms and its continuity into the early medieval period.
With the publication of all the manuscripts, the time is ripe for
study and asessment of this important document, its multi-faceted
and form, its literary history, its place in the Qumran corpus, the
sheds on Qumran and other communities, its contribution to the various
fields of Judaic studies on which it impacts: history, biblical
interpretation,halacha, Jewish thought, Hebrew language, paleography and
The Damascus Document symposium provides a special opportunity to
bring together scholars working in different disciplines and in
periods including the medieval Geniza context. Papers may take an
interdisciplinary approach or focus on one aspect, developing it
synchronically or diachronically, and should deal with major issues or
Pre-Symposium Program at Israel Museum (in Hebrew)
>From Qumran to Cairo: The Relationship Between the Dead Sea Scrolls and
the Cairo Genizah Tuesday 3 February 1998 at 19:30, The Springer
Auditorium, Israel Museum
An evening celebrating 100 years since the discovery of the Cairo
and 50 years since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Opening remarks: Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Shine of the Book.
Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University
Prof. Stefan C. Reif, Cambridge University
Prof. Michael E. Stone, Orion Center, Hebrew University
Dr. Esther G. Chazon, Orion Center, Hebrew University
The program is in Hebrew.
A joint project of the Orion Center and the Shrine of the Book.
**WEDNESDAY 4 FEBRUARY 1998**
7:30 pm Greetings:
Prof. M. Magidor, President, Hebrew University
Prof. Y. Zakovitch, Dean, Faculty of Humanities
Prof. M. Stone, Director, Orion Center
Session I: Dr. E. Chazon , Presiding
7:50 pm Prof. S. Reif "The Damascus Document from the Cairo Genizah: Its
Discovery, Early Study and Importance"
8:40 pm Prof. J. Baumgarten "The Laws of the Damascus Document-Between
Bible and Mishnah"
9:30 pm Prof. L. Schiffman "It Shall Come To Pass in the End Of Days"
**THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY 1998**
Session II: Dr. M. Broshi, Presiding
8:40am Trip Registration
9:10 am Prof. H. Stegemann "A Material Reconstruction of the 4QDamascus
Document and a Form- Critical Approach to the Entire Composition"
10:00 am Dr. S. Metso "The Relationship between the Damascus Document
and the Community Rule"
10:30 am Coffee Break
10:50 am Prof. P. Davies "The Judaism of the Damascus Sect"
12:00pm Trip to Qumran Caves and Site Led by Dr. H. Eshel. Preregister.
**FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1998**
Session III: Prof. M. Kister, Presiding
9:10 am Prof. A. Rofe "The Damascus Document and the Vorlage of the
9:40 am Dr. S. Fassberg "The Linguistic Study of the Damascus Document:
A Historical Perspective"
10:30 am Coffee Break
10:50 am Prof. L. Schiffman "The Relationship of the Zadokite Fragments
to the Temple Scroll"
11:40 am Dr. C. Werman "CD XI:17 Apart From Your Sabbaths"
12:10 pm Dr. A. Shemesh "Qumranic Laws of Shidduchim (4Q271-3):Biblical
Origins and Rabbinic Parallels"
12:40 pm Dr. A. Schremer "Qumran-Essene Marital Prohibitions: CD
IV:20-V:11 and Its Social Background"
**SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY 1998**
Session IV: Prof. I. Levine, Presiding
(PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE CHANGES DURING THE FOURTH SESSION.)
9:30 am (was 9:10 am) Dr. C. Hempel "The Damascus Document and 4QMMT"
10:20 am (was 10:00am) Dr. H. Eshel "CD XII:15-17 and the Stone Vessels
Found at Qumran"
10:50 am (was 11:00 am) Coffee Break
11:20 (was 10:30 am) Mr. E. Regev "Yose Ben Yoezer and the Qumran
Sectarians on Purity Laws: Agreement, Controversy and Encounter"
11:50 am Prof. M. D. Herr "The Damascus Document: A Historiosophic
Theology or a Book of Laws?"
12:40 pm Lunch Break
Session V: Prof. M. Stone, Presiding
2:00 pm Prof. A. Baumgarten "The Perception of the Past in the Damascus
(Prof. B. Chiesa is unable to attend as scheduled)
3:00 pm Round Table Discussion
3:30 pm Conclusion
Acknowledgements: The Orion Fund Ltd., The Hebrew University of