Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1282-1284 Dead Sea Scrolls Perspectives Updated – With Prof. John J. Collins

Prof. John J. Collins

Prof. John J. Collins

Archaeological excavations to discover the link between The Dead Sea Scrolls and the desert ruins of Qumran started the same month I was born, November, 1951. The earliest scrolls had been discovered about five years earlier. Additional scrolls were discovered during the excavations. Many years have passed, and the scrolls have added a great deal to our knowledge about the Bible and the Biblical world. But many mysteries and uncertainties remain about the scrolls and the inhabitants of Khirbet Qumran.

On these programs we present excerpts from a recent lecture by Prof. John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at the Yale University Divinity School, entitled Shifting Perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Professor Collins offers an informed assessment of four major points about the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are still upheld by most scholars but which also need clarifying and updating.

UPDATE: Newly discovered Qumran excavation photos from the Palestine Exploration Fund.


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