Trinity Western University to host the world at the 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium - celebrating 60 years of scroll research

Trinity Western University to host the world at the 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium - celebrating 60 years of scroll research

Langley, BC-One of the greatest gatherings of Dead Sea Scrolls scholars will take place at Trinity Western University October 11-13th as TWU hosts the 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium. The Symposium marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Scrolls and this year renowned guests include the Editor in Chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Emanuel Tov from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Eugene Ulrich from the University of Notre Dame who is the Chief Editor of the Biblical Scrolls.

The Scrolls, originally discovered by accident in 1947 by a goat herder near the Dead Sea, are considered to be one of the world's most important archaeological finds. The Scrolls, written on animal skins, papyrus, and copper, date from 250 BC to 68 AD. They are comprised of approximately 50,000 fragments, some no bigger than a postage stamp. However, numerous Scrolls were found well preserved. One of the largest, The Great Isaiah Scroll, preserves all 66 chapters of the book of Isaiah. Many of the Scrolls are religious in nature while the rest have content including rules for community living, calendars and hymns. The Scrolls have interested both Christian and Jewish communities because they are the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament).

Peter Flint, Professor of Biblical Studies and Co-Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at Trinity Western University holds the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies. The Canada Research Chair has partnered with the Canadian Bible Society and TWU to bring this first of its kind gathering to Canada. Says Flint, "This is a tremendous world event. We have scholars congregating from all across Canada and the United States and as far away as Jerusalem to discuss and comment on current findings in Dead Sea Scroll research. The opportunity to hear advancements from scholars of this caliber is extremely rare."

The purpose of the 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium is to bring together renowned Canadian and world scholars on Dead Sea Scrolls, to lecture on the past, the present state of Scrolls research in Canada, and the direction that Scrolls research will have in the future.

Since many Scrolls have been shown in several exhibits since 2003, including Seattle's Pacific Science Centre and San Diego's Natural History Museum. These precious manuscripts have generated incredible new interest among the public because of their age and importance to many different fields of research. "There is a tremendous excitement surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls today," says Flint. "We're making new discoveries which are shedding light on mysteries that have confounded both Jewish and Christian Scholars for centuries. The 2007 Symposium will discuss these new discoveries by the very scholars that are researching them."

The 2007 Dead Sea Scroll Symposium is sponsored by the Canadian Bible Society, the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, and Trinity Western University. Registration is needed to attend the Symposium. Form are available by visiting: http://www.biblesociety.ca/districts/british_columbia/2007symposium_reg.pdf

Event: 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium

Date: October 11-13th, 2007

Time: Daily

Location: Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC.
V2Y 1Y1

Cost: $60.00 per day or $180.00 for all three days. The student price is $75.00.

Registration Contact info: Canadian Bible Society,
700 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C1 Canada
Tel: (604) 872-6691 or by email: wabsolom@bibltsociety.ca.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.

Image caption: The 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls Symposium marking the 60th anniversary of their discovery, will take place October 11-13 at Trinity Western University.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum