In addition to Orion Center Activities, the following events have come to our attention.
We want to provide a complete list of all significant happenings related to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Please send information on upcoming events to us at: or fax +972-2-588-3584.

Séminaire Qumân de Paris

Conference Date: Programme 2018-2019
Location: Paris
Program: To read the 2018- 2019 Program, please click here


Haifa Workshop on the Dead Sea Scrolls
סדנת חיפה למגילות בסימן הגעתה לגבורות של פרופ' דבורה דימנט

Workshop Date: May 5, 2019
Location: Haifa University
For the program please click here:

Conference: "Jesus and the Pharisees: an interdisciplinary reappraisal"

Conference Date: May 7-9, 2019
Location: Pontifical Biblical Institute and Pontifical Gregorian University Piazza della Pilotta 4, Rome Italy
Website: For information and program, see: The conference will be streamed over the Internet.
Transmission will begin on May 7, at 9:00 a.m - Rome time (CEST).
The conference first examines the various ancient sources about the Pharisees (Josephus, Qumran, archaeological data, the New Testament, and Rabbinic Literature). The second part will be devoted to the history of interpretation, from Patristic Literature, to Medieval Jewish interpretations, to Passion Plays, the Movies, Religion Text Books, and Homiletics. In the end, we will look at possible ways to represent the Pharisees less inadequately in the future.


Conference Date: May 30-31, 2019
Location: Department of Classics, King’s College London

Tuesdays at Tantur: "Demons and the Interpretation of Scripture in the New Testament"

Event Date: May 28, 2019, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: Chapel Seminar Room, Tantur Ecumenical Institute

CONFERENCES: “Petitioners, Penitents, and Poets: On Prayer and Praying in Second Temple Judaism” (Fort Worth, May 21-22)

Conference Date: May 21-22, 2019
Location: Brite Divinity School (Fort Worth, TX)
On May 21-22, 2019, Brite Divinity School (Fort Worth, TX) will host a two-day conference on prayer in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity. This conference, organized by Timothy Sandoval and Ariel Feldman, brings together scholars from the USA and Europe to present their recent work on the topic. The conference is open to public, as is the public lecture on the “Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity” by Prof. Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham, UK) that will take place on May 21 at 7 pm at a venue adjacent to the conference. For details see schedule below.
Petitioners, Penitents, and Poets: On Prayer and Praying in Second Temple Judaism May 21-22, 2019 Bass Conference Hall, Harrison Bldg., Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas

Tuesday, May 21, 1:00pm-4:35pm
Joretta Marshall (Brite), Welcome

Jonathan Kaplan (UT Austin), “Jonah’s Prayer and the Composition of Jonah”
Timothy Sandoval (Brite), “Address to God (and Other Discourse) in Prov. 30:1-9”

2:05-2:20pm: Coffee break

Carol Newsom (Emory), “‘If I had said….’ (Ps 73:15): Retrospective Introspection in Didactic Psalmody of the Second Temple Period”
George Brooke (University of Manchester, UK), “Patterns of Priesthood and Patterns of Prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls”

3:20-3:35pm: Coffee break

Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham, UK), “The Function of the Final Hymn in the Long Text of the Community Rule”
Joseph McDonald (Brite), “Abram’s Prayer for Mercy in the Genesis Apocryphon (20.12-16)”
7:00pm Public Lecture by Charlotte Hempel (University of Birmingham,
UK): “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity”
The lecture will take place at the University Christian Church (2720 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109)

Wednesday, May 22, 8:30am-12:40pm

Ryan Stokes (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), “Deliver Us from the Evil One: Prayers for Protection from Harmful Superhuman Beings in Early Judaism”
Ariel Feldman (Brite), “Three Newly Deciphered Miniature Texts from the Judean Desert: Tefillin or Amulets?”
Molly M. Zahn (University of Kansas), “The Absence of Prayer in the Temple Scroll”

10:00-10:15am: Coffee break

Matthias Henze (Rice), “Prayer in 2 Baruch”
Jack Levison (Perkins), “Prayer and Penitence in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve”
11:15-11:30am: Coffee break

Shelly Matthews (Brite), “Prayer as Prequel: Rehabilitating Peter through Jesus’s Intercession in Luke 22:32)”
Warren Carter (Brite), “Praying the Lord’s Prayer in “Your Tameion”
When There Is No Temple (Matt 6:6-15)”
Concluding Remarks


The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Conference Date: 27-28 June 2019
Location: University of Bedfordshire (Bedford Campus)

CONFERENCES: The Scribe in the Biblical World

Conference Date: 17-19 June 2019
Location: Strasbourg
Website for registration: This international conference focuses on the scribe’s status, training, practices, and work in the Biblical world. What was the scribe’s role in Eastern and Mediterranean societies? Were there rival scribal schools? What was their role in daily life? How many scripts and languages did they grasp? Did they master political and religious rhetoric? Did they travel or share foreign traditions, cultures, and beliefs? Were all scribes redactors, or simple copyists? What was their influence on the redaction of the Bible? How did they relate to political and religious powers? Did they have an authority of their own?


SBL International Meeting

Conference Date: 1-5 July, 2019
Hosted: hosted by the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.

Conference on Hebrew Language and Linguistics

Conference Date: July 8-10, 2019

BAJS Conference 2019

Conference Date:21-24 July 2019
Location:University of Oxford


The Tenth Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies
"The Dead Sea Scrolls in the Context of Hellenistic Judea"

Conference Date: August 4-8, 2019
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

The 23rd Congress of IOSOT will be held at the University of Aberdeen

Institution International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament
Conference Date: 4-9 August, 2019


SBL/AAR 2019 Annual Meetings

Conference Date: November 16-19, 2019
Location: San Diego, California
Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the 2019 Annual Meetings will be held November 16-19 in San Diego, California.

Old 2018


The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Conference Date: April 11th-13th, 2019
Location: University of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Third Annual Conference – The Israeli Association for the Study of Religions(IASR)

Conference Date: April 8th–9th 2019
Location: Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, and at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

The 9th International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira

Conference Date: April 9-11
Location: Hamilton and Toronto
Click here to read thge program

10th annual joint McMaster University - University of Toronto Scrollery Colloquium

Conference Date: April 9 (immediately preceding the language conference)
Location: Hamilton and Toronto
Website: The Scrollery will feature talks by Hanna Tervanotko and Sidnie White Crawford. For further information, see our website at

Josephus between the Bible and the Mishnah

Conference Date: April 7-11, 2019
Location: Hotel Neve Ilan

Emerging Voices in Samuel Studies

Conference Date: April 24-25, 2019
Location: Madison, WI



Prize Date: March 9, 2019
Institution: W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR)

Workshop on Dead Sea Scrolls resources online

Workshop Date: March 10
Location: National library - Jerusalem


“Slip-slidin’ Away: Rethinking the Parting of the Ways Between Ancient Jews and Christians”

Conference Date: January 9, 2019
Location: Rabin Building- room 3001 - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Speaker: Prof. Adele Reinhartz, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Vice-President, Society of Biblical Literature.


Digital Archaeology: Quantitative approaches, spatial statistics and socioecological modelling

Conference Date: 4th – 6th February 2019
Location: Institute of Archaeological Science at the University of Bern


"The Study of Ancient Worlds Using Digital Approache" - ASOR/EPHE European Symposium

Conference Date: September 4-5, 2018
Location: Paris, La Sorbonne


Digital Scholarly Editions of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference Date: October 8-10, 2018
Location: Haifa, Israel

New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region

Conference Date: October 10-11, 2018
Location: Jerusalem

The Bible and the Humanities

Conference Date: October 17-18, 2018
Location: Oriel College, Oxford

This conference marks the launch of the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities (CBH) in Oriel College, 17-18 October 2018.

The mission of the Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities is to energize and revitalize scholarly engagement with biblical texts and related philological, interpretive and religious traditions across the Arts and Humanities. Based in Oriel College at the University of Oxford, CBH explores the ongoing vitality of Scripture through research projects, academic conferences, postgraduate research seminars and workshops. See our website for this coming year's seminars and workshops. Here is the link with all the schedules for 2018-2019.

The conference, entitled 'The Bible and the Humanities', will bring researchers from Biblical Studies, Early Christianity, Ancient Judaism, Classics, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, English Literature and German Studies together for a shared discussion of philology and biblical traditions, renewing relationships across these disciplines. The full conference description and schedule can both be found on the CBH website, as can the conference registration page. If you can attend, please register as soon as you can so that we may plan accordingly. There is no registration


Conference Date: October 24-26, 2018
Location: University of Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany)

The Earliest Commentary on the Prophecy of Habakkuk

Workshop Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Location: W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research 26 Salah ad-Din Street, Jerusalem


13th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Conference Date: November 2-4, 2018
Location: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

An international conference in early November 2018 will bring together experts to discuss the current status of research into the ancient Hebrew language as well as Northwest Semitic epigraphy and related subjects
The Research Unit on Ancient Hebrew and Epigraphy at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany will hold the 13th Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew (MICAH) from Friday, 2nd November 2018, to Sunday, 4th November 2018.
Academics from around the world are invited to come together and use this forum to discuss new findings and the current status of research relating to the ancient Hebrew language, northwest semitic epigraphy, and related subjects. The colloquium was first organized in Mainz in 1998 (although under another name) by Dr. Reinhard G. Lehmann of the JGU Faculty of Protestant Theology and has since become one of the major academic conventions in the field of ancient Hebrew. It is expected that scholars specializing in the subjects of Old Testament, Semitic, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as well as historians from many European countries, together with academics from Israel, Canada, the USA and other countries will attend the three-day event and will use the opportunity to exchange information, to present their projects, and to provide new input.
The Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew brings together scholars from different subjects and religions, who cover a wide range of research interest, including grammar and linguistics of Ancient and Classical Hebrew (Epigraphic and Biblical Hebrew, Qumran and related Hebrew, and Ben Sira), as well as studies of older or contemporary adjacent Semitic languages and epigraphy, as for instance Ugaritic, Phoenician-Punic, Old and Imperial Aramaic and Early Syriac, Moabite and Edomite and the like in phonetics, lexic, morphology, and syntax.
"The ancient Hebrew of the Bible cannot be adequately understood without knowledge of the various neighboring languages and other historical and language-historical factors," emphasizes Dr. Reinhard G. Lehmann, who is organizing the colloquium together with Professor Dr. Anna Elise Zernecke of Kiel University. As always, the Mainz International Colloquium on Ancient Hebrew will give young scholars the opportunity to present their research to a broader expert audience.
Those specializing in these areas can now register at or informally by sending an email to to participate in the conference from November 2, 2018 to November 4, 2018. The conference fee (to cover coffee, water, lunch etc.) is EUR 45 (EUR 30 for students; free for JGU students). For more information and the list of this year’s speakers, please visit The finalized program will be available in due time.
Conference languages will be German and English.

The Mesha Stele 150 Years After The Discover

Conference Date: November 29, 2018
Location: 3 Shimshon st., Jerusalem

The French Research Center in Jerusalem invites you to a conference celebrating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Mesha stele. Published by Charles Clermont-Ganneau while he was at the French consulate in Jerusalem, the Mesha stele is one of the most important archaeological discoveries related to the Bible.
14:00 Welcome (François Bon & Michael Langlois, CRFJ)
First session (Chair: Anat Mendel-Geberovich, HUJI / Israel Antiquities Authority)
14:10 Charles Clermont-Ganeau and the Mesha stele, history of discovery and reconstruction (Isabel Bonora, Musée du Louvre)
15:00 The Mesha stele: Epigraphical and historical stakes (André Lemaire, EPHE–Sorbonne)
15:50 Break
Second session (Chair: Steven E. Fassberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
16:10 Remarks and reflections on the Mesha stele (Shmuel Ahituv, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
16:40 The language of the Mesha stele (Matthew Morgenstern, Tel Aviv University)
17:10 The Mesha stele between techniques and forgeries (Michael Langlois, CRFJ)
17:40 Reception


Israeli National Conference
"They read from the scroll... translating it and giving the sense, so they understood the reading" (Nehemiah 8:8) The Pedagogy of Bible Education

Conference Date: Dec. 4, 2018
Location: MOFET Institute Tel Aviv

Séminaire Qumrân, Paris
Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck: The Concept of Time in the New Testament: From Ethiopic Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Back Again.

Conference Date: Tuesday, December 11, 12 pm to 2 pm
Location: Protestant Theological Institute: 83, boulevard Arago 75013 Paris, room 21, Metro: Denfert-Rochereau or Saint-Jacques.
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