Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation
Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
How Did the Bible Come to Be?
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has dramatically increased our knowledge of the history of the text of the Hebrew Bible and the formation of the Jewish canon. This illuminated lecture explores what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the text of the Bible. We will also consider the process of “canon formation.” What biblical books were considered authoritative for all Jews? Why did different Jewish groups have conflicting lists of authoritative books? How did the books of the Bible reach the form they now have?
Sidnie White Crawford is the Willa Cather Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Prior to joining UNL in 1997, Crawford taught at Albright College in Reading, PA. Most recently she was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. Her most recent book is Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times (2008), and she has published over seventy-five articles on various topics concerning the Scrolls. Crawford received a BA with Honors from Trinity College (1981), an MTS in biblical studies from Harvard Divinity School (1984), and a PhD with distinction from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University (1988).
Organized by: Allia Noel
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