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Dead Sea Scrolls: General
- Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land, a PBS/NOVA video presentation http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/scrolls/program.html
- AHRC Josephus Project http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/research/josephus/home
- BiBIL, the Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne (Switzerland) http://www3.unil.ch/bibil/public/default.action?request_locale=fr
- BiblePlaces presents a selection of high resolution quality photographs of both the general archeological site of Qumran http://www.bibleplaces.com/qumran.htm and the caves in which the scrolls were found http://www.bibleplaces.com/qumrancaves.htm.
- Bodleian libraries The collection of Cairo Genizah fragment
- Collections of the Palestine Exploration Fund, The Palestine Exploration Fund would like to invite colleagues to visit new pages on its website that provide a background to its unique and historic collections.
Introduction to the collections:
A selection of just some of the separate collections pages
- Extra Biblical Writings a website,
maintained by Rolf Faerch. Aarhus Ward. Aarhus Denmark Stake that collects pseudepigrapha, apocrypha,apocalypses, dead sea scrolls, gnostic texts (including
mandaean and manichaean, etc. sources), complete book archives, lost
books of the Bible, Extra Biblical writings, Church Fathers, etc. http://fam-faerch.dk/pseudigrapher/Index.html
- Facsimile Editions, Ltd., in cooperation with the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, has produced a limited facsimile edition of 6 Qumran documents. Facsimiles of 1QIsaa, 1QS, 1QpHab were made from photographs taken by John Trever; facsimiles of 4Q109, 4Q162, 4Q175 were made from Photographs taken by Bruce and Kenneth Zuckerman at West Semitic Research. For more information: http://www.facsimile-editions.com/en/ds/.
- FARMS (Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) , A Dead Sea Scrolls site that provides basic information and bibliography. http://mi.byu.edu/dss .
- THE GNOSTIC SOCIETY LIBRARY, has added a page on the Dead Sea Scrolls. They have posted a number of links to online Dead Sea texts and translations. http://www.gnosis.org/library/dss/dss.htm .
- The Groningen Qumran Institute website , gives information about the activities of the Institute, such as publications and symposia, and also about the IOQS (International Organization for Qumran Studies). Accessible in Dutch and English. www.rug.nl/qumraninstitute .
- The Groningen Qumran Institute has just awarded its first Florentino Garcia Martinez Research Master Scholarship, which is geared to Masters students in the University of Groningen 's Faculty of Theology and Religious studies, working in the fields of Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls. For details, click here: http://www.rug.nl/ggw/news/current/2013/bernice-brijan-receives-scholarship..
- Hieroi Logoi Digital Resources for Religion in Late Antiquity. http://hieroilogoi.org/
- Israel Antiquities Authority: Preservation of the Dead Sea Scrolls page http://www.antiquities.org.il/modules_eng.asp?Module_id=57. Here you can find a link to the short video: “Scrolls from the Dead Sea” http://www.antiquities.org.il/dss_movie_eng.asp
For the movie in hebrew please click here.
For the exhibition please click here.
- Israel Mosaic provides a summary of the history of Qumran and a brief description of the Qumran sect. http://mosaic.lk.net/g-qumran.html
- Israel Supreme Court Decision on the Qimron vs. Shanks copyright case has been translated by Dr. Michael Birnhack, Faculty of Law, Haifa University, into English. http://lawatch.haifa.ac.il/heb/month/dead_sea.htm
- Khirbet Qumran Database, Dr. Ferdinand Rohrhirsch has developed the idea of a database for the Khirbet Qumran finds. Available in German and Italian. http://www.chirbet-qumran.de
- Meghillot (University of Haifa), These are collections of articles in Hebrew dealing with various aspects of the Qumran scrolls, edited by Moshe Bar-Asher and Devorah Dimant. Hebrew website with Hebrew Tables of Contents: http://megillot.haifa.ac.il; English Tables of Contents and English abstracts are available at: http://megillot.haifa.ac.il/english.htm.
- Nordic Network in Qumran Studies The network provides a base for combining the efforts of Nordic Qumran scholars. http://www.nnqs.org
- Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, A Dead Sea Scrolls Fragment. http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/HIGH/OIM_A30303.html. Dead Sea Scrolls Project of Norman Golb and Michael Wise. http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/PROJ/SCR/Scrolls.html
- PaleoJudaica.com, News on the "new" ancient papyrus fragment of Aramaic 1 Enoch. http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/
- Qumran Cave on the Web, a German language site with translations of some Qumran fragments, bibliography and a few media links: http://www.qumran.org/qumran
- Rutgers University, Dept. of Religion, Dead Sea Scrolls page. Timeline of history of discovery, resources. http://virtualreligion.net/iho/dss_2.html
- Schoyen Collection, The collection contains fragments of some 29 scrolls, twenty of these so far unpublished. 21 are biblical, some sectarian, five apocryphal. The site features pictures and descriptions of many of the items. The Qumran texts from the Sch?yen collection are soon to be published in Gleanings from the Caves, ed. Torleif Elgvin and Esther Eshel (T&T Clark).
1QSb Rule of Benedictions (see under 4.6)
- Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, houses many of the Scrolls. The site (http://www.english.imjnet.org.il) includes information pages on many aspects of the Qumran sect and the Scrolls. Now the museum has begun to put online digitized photographs of some of the Scrolls (to date: the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Temple Scroll, the Community Rule, the War Scroll, and the Pesher [Commentary on] Habakkuk Scroll): http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/ .
- The Middle East Geodatabase for Antiquities (Mega), now consultable online at www.megajordan.org, contains information on around 12,500 archaeological sites. Besides marking out the perimeters of every site on a relief map of the terrain, the database further allows users to pinpoint the presence of specific elements within the site such as buildings, epigraphic or decorative features, and in theory also the position of every find, as well as the cultural and chronological framework to which every element belongs.
- Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/Taylor-Schechter
"Life in Fragments: Stories from the Cairo Genizah," a 5-episode series for BBC Radio 3's 'The Essay'. Produced by Nightjar, the show features five researchers from the Unit giving short (15-mins) talks about the historical aspects of the Cairo
The Essay is on Monday to Friday next week (27-31 May) at 10.45pm on
BBC Radio 3, and the shows will be available on iPlayer or to download
as a podcast after the event.
- UCLA Qumran visualization project, Images of reconstructions of the Qumran site generated by Dr. Robert Cargill: http://www.nelc.ucla.edu/qumran/.
- University of Vienna Ancient Jewish Quotations Project, The research project “The Meaning of Ancient Jewish Quotations and Allusions for the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible” tries to study the textual history of the Hebrew Bible before the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 c.e. in light of quotations of and allusions to passages of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple Jewish literature. One of the main tasks of the project is to identify and locate the quotations of and allusions to scriptures in ancient Jewish literature. While we continue to search for quotations and allusions, this webpage makes first results of our work available to the scholarly public.
- University of Vienna Analytical Bibliography of Deuteronomy, AnaBiDeut is a free access databank regarding scholarly literature exclusively in the field of Deuteronomy research (books, articles, and internet publications). It is accessible at www.univie.ac.at/anabideut . AnaBiDeut now has an English edition as well. One can choose between the (original) German version and the (new) English version. Search the category Qumran for an extensive list of bibliography on Deuteronomy and the DSS.
Qumran and Science
Dead Sea Scrolls: Exhibitions
For current exhibitions see the Orion Bulletin Board
- Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority - 2006-2009 have organized a series of exhibitions at various US locations over the next several years. For the schedule of upcoming events, see http://www.deadseascrollsfound.org/exhibitions.htm
- Of more general interest, the IAA has a new online database of "National Treasures"—a changing database of photos of artifacts from Israel in all periods, along with documentation: http://www.antiquities.org.il/t/default_en.asp
- At http://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/2013/Herod/en/ is a virtual
tour of Herod exhibition at the Israel Museum.
- Israel Archaeology Archive: the digital archive features tens of thousands of documents, photos, maps and plans from the period of British Mandate (1919-1948), ranging from Akko to Jerusalem. http://www.iaa-archives.org.il/
- Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa - March 30 2006 A mosaic and 2 gold coins from an archaeological discovery of an ancient synagogue in Ein Gedi will be on display for the first time in an exhibit that includes also other archaeological finds , "Ein Gedi--A Very Big Village of Jews," http://media.haifa.ac.il/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=172&Itemil
- Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation: December 2003 - April 2004 This site presents the Exhibition Ancient treasures and the Dead Sea Scrolls" which was held in 2003-2004 http://www.civilisations.ca/expo/ex01e.asp?ExID=266
- Ink and Blood: Dead Sea Scrolls to the English Bible : A traveling exhibition of ancient Biblical fragments, manuscripts and Bibles. For the schedule of upcoming exhibitions, click here: http://www.inkandblood.com
- Library of Congress: 1993 This site presents the Exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls which was held in 1993 at the Library of Congress. It also contains an introduction to the Scrolls, map of the Dead Sea and much other information. http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/deadsea.scrolls.exhibit/intro.html Or go to an outline of the entire exhibit: http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/scrolls/toc.html
- Taylor-Schechter Geniza research institute
Dead Sea Scrolls: Personal Home Pages
- Bajot, David. Photographs, maps, links. Most of the material appears to be from the Library of Congress exhibit. http://www.brandx.net/dbajot/deadsea
- Dr. Flint, Peter. DeadSeaScrolls.org, dedicated to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature. http://www.deadseascrolls.org/Site/home.html
- Gunneweg, Jan. Archaeology and archaeometry, contains summaries of scientific investigations of the material remains from Qumran. http://micro5.mscc.huji.ac.il/~msjan/qumran.html
- Hoselton, Mitchell. A large collection of links. http://home.flash.net/~hoselton/deadsea/deadsea.htm. Timeline for Qumran discoveries, 1946-1955. http://home.flash.net/~hoselton/deadsea/timelinm.htm
- Kilmann, Jack. He has designed a DSS Scribal Font which is downloadable as a .zip file. http://www.historian.net/DSSfont.htm
- Moeller, Fred. Fred Moeller of Clermont, FL, has scanned the Isaiah scrolls. http://www.ao.net/~fmoeller /qumdir.htm
- Muro, Ernest. Ernest Muro has a site on "The Greek Fragments of Enoch from Qumran Cave 7, " which includes his article, "The Greek Fragments of Enoch from Qumran Cave 7," Revue de Qumran 18/70 (1997): 307-312. http://www.breadofangels.com/7qenoch/
- Patrich, Joseph. Survey and Excavations in the Judaean Desert Caves http://pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il/~patrichj/my_web_site/
- Schiffman, Lawrence H. http://lawrenceschiffman.com/ The website features blogs by Prof. Schiffman on a variety of topics related to the study of the Scrolls and the Second Temple Period.
- Tabor, James. Prof. Tabor's site with basic information about the Dead Sea Scrolls. http://www.uncc.edu/jdtabor/dss.html. He has also published the results of his four year investigation of the skeletons found at Masada. http://www.uncc.edu/jdtabor/masada.html.
- Torleif Elgvin. http://torleifelgvin.wordpress.com/english/.
Dead Sea Scrolls Media Resources
- Dead Sea Scrolls Course No. 6362 (24 lectures, 30 minutes/lecture) Taught by Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University, Ph.D., New York University
- The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library, edited by Emanuel Tov (Leiden: Brill, 2006), offers searchable images and transcriptions of all the published nonbiblical texts, tagged for morphological analysis, along with English translations.
- http://www.accordancebible.com/: Accordance offers, in separate modules, tagged databases of the biblical and nonbiblical Qumran texts, both prepared by Martin Abegg, Jr.
- http://www.olivetree.com/store/product.php?productid=17117:: OliveTree offers the Accordance (Abegg) Qumran database of nonbiblical scrolls for mobile PDA and cell phones.
- http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/3455:: Logos offers a tagged database of the nonbiblical Qumran scrolls (prepared by Martin Abegg, Jr.), as well as an electronic version of the Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition, by Florentino Garcia Martinez and Eibert J.C. Tigchelaar. The company is about to release a separate database of the biblical scrolls, prepared by Stephen Pfann.
Scholarly Sites: General
- ABZU. Extensive and useful site devoted to linking resources for the Study of the Ancient Near East, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago http://www.etana.org/abzu/ (and type qumran)
- Academic Jewish Studies Internet Directory is a modest but useful site. http://jewish-studies.portland.co.uk/
- Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Tradition. Archive of the project , jointly directed by Michael E. Stone and Gary A. Anderson. The project is connected with the Orion Center. http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/anderson/
- ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES IN ISRAEL An A to Z cumulative index of notices on archaeological sites in Israel is posted at the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History
- Codex Sinaiticus Project: The Codex Sinaiticus Project announces the launch of the Codex Sinaiticus Project website: http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/. The purpose of the project is to create a virtual reunification of the Codex. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament
- E-mail lists and discussion groups pertaining to the Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Bible. Charles E. Jones has gathered them on one site. http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/DEPT/RA/ABZU/ABZU_LIST_INDEX.HTML
- Find a dig In-depth descriptions of 29 sites currently undergoing excavation, from the Biblical Archaeology Society http://www.findadig.com/
- Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins. http://foundationjudaismchristianorigins.org/index.html
- French Archaeological Resources. http://www.culture.fr/culture/autserv/archeo.htm
- H-Judaic - the Jewish Studies Network. Newsletter, moderated discussion group, book reviews. http://www.h-net.org/~judaic/
- Hebrew website on Josephus. Designed by Michael Avioz, with many links to bibliographies, articles, and other materials in languages other than Hebrew.http://ybm.wek.co.il/
- New SBL Resource: Online Critical Pseudepigrapha , Recent New Releases
Free access to electronic critical texts of the Old Testament pseudepigrapha and related literature. http://ocp.acadiau.ca/
- The Samaritan Pentateuch http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/ssg/content/pageview/682772 A digitized "The Samaritan Pentateuch" by William E Barton (Oberlin,
- THE MORE OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA PROJECThttp://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/rt/moreoldtestamentpseudepigrapha/
- The Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine . project seeks to collect and make accessible over the Web all of the previously published inscriptions (and their English translations) of Israel/Palestine from the Persian period through the Islamic conquest (ca. 500 BCE - 640 CE). http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/Inscriptions/index.shtml.
- Scholarly Resources for the Study of Josephus. Well-organized collection of links to conferences and resources. A joint project of the Brill Josephus Project and the SBL Josephus seminar. http://josephus.yorku.ca.
- Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, The University of Pennsylvania. http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/psco/
- Princeton University Library Papyrus Home Page. Descriptive inventory and digital images. http://www.princeton.edu/papyrus/
- Timothy W. Seid's site,. provides some useful background information on text-making in the ancient world.. http://www.earlham.edu/~seidti/iam/interp_mss.html
- University of Southern California, West Semitic Research Project. Ancient images and commentary relating to the Bible and the ancient Near East, including the Copper Scroll and other Qumran documents. http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp
Scholarly Sites: Personal Home Pages
- 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism, directed by Gabriele Boccaccini, Hanan Eshel, and Loren Stuckenbruck: http://www.4enoch.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page.
For a description of the project, go to http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-access-encyclopedia-of-second.html.
- The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-access-encyclopedia-of-second.html
- NEW! Dictionaries:,On-line access to Jastrow, Payne-Smith, and more!
- Dictionaries, Roget's Thesaurus, specialized dictionaries and links to other linguistics sites. http://www.lib.utexas.edu
- Electronic Resources Relevant to the Textual Criticism of Hebrew Scripture, by Emanuel Tov. http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/vol08/Tov2003.html
An updated version of the list with introduction in Hebrew may be found at: http://mikrarevivim.blogspot.co.il/2013/10/i.html
- Israel Antiquities Authority. Information about the Authority's activities and policies. http://www.antiquities.org.il/home_eng.asp
- The Ancient World on Line: News about and links to the burgeoning array of scholarly articles and primary sources now available on the internet. Maintained by Charles Ellwood Jones of NYU, the blog features many links relevant to Qumran and the Second Temple period generally.http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/
- The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon: A new dictionary of the Aramaic language on http://cal1.cn.huc.edu/
- The Perseus Project at Tufts University, MA. Resources from antiquity. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
- Maps. Collection of maps of the world, including the Middle East. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/Map_collection.html
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