An illustrated lecture delivered by Professor Jodi Magness.
In 1946-7, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by accident near the site of Qumran. Eventually, the remains of approximately 1000 scrolls were found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we explore the archaeological remains of Qumran, which was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect who deposited the scrolls in the nearby caves, and examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls.
Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is President of the Archaeological Institute of America. Magness’ book, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for Best Popular Book in Archaeology and was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2003”.