Directors of the Institute
Sadly, Dr. Peter Flint passed away in November 2016. Encouraging the next generation to study the Dead Sea Scrolls has always been a passion of Peter’s, if you would like to contribute to The Dead Sea Scrolls Legacy Scholarship, you may do so using the following link.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Institute at TWU continues under the direction of Dr. Andrew Perrin.
Dr. Peter Flint received his PhD (1993) in Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism from the University of Notre Dame. He is Professor of Religious Studies and holds the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies. He has edited over twenty-five Qumran texts in the acclaimed Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series and is a prolific author and editor of several books in Qumran research, including the award winning textbook The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His research centres on the composition and transmission of biblical books in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Flint is currently editing a new transcription/translation of the cave one Isaiah scrolls and critical editions of the Qumran Psalms texts. Overviews of Dr. Flint's current research projects may be viewed online as part of 'Project Profiles' initiative.
Dr. Andrew Perrin received his PhD (2013) in early Judaism and Christianity from McMaster University. His research focuses on the transmission and reception of biblical traditions, particularly in the Qumran Aramaic literature. He has been awarded three SSHRC fellowships for scrolls research, was a past fellow of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and is an editor of the Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls series. His published work includes journal articles in Dead Sea Discoveries, Journal of Biblical Literature, Revue de Qumran, Vetus Testamentum and the book The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Perrin is currently preparing a commentary on a cross-section of the Qumran Aramaic texts, including the book of Daniel. This book was one of ten awarded the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise” Overviews of Dr. Perrin’s current research projects may be viewedonline as part of our ‘Project Profiles’ initiative.
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Craig Evans, the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) is the flagship research institute of Trinity Western University and an important resource for scholarly research and collaboration on Qumran studies. Under the joint Directorship of Dr. Peter Flint and Dr. Martin Abegg, the DSSI became an integral component of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program and an internationally renowned centre for regular symposia, advanced research, and publications on topics and texts in Dead Sea Scrolls studies. With the appointment of Dr. Martin Abegg to Professor Emeritus status in 2015, Dr. Andrew Perrin was named Co-Director alongside Dr. Peter Flint. The DSSI has held two prestigious research chairs, including the current Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls (Dr. Flint) and the Ben Zion Wacholder Professorship in Dead Sea Scrolls studies (Dr. Abegg). The regularly scheduled academic events of the DSSI bring together scholars, students, and the public for dialogue on issues in contemporary Qumran research. Graduate researchers at the DSSI have advanced into competitive and top-tier doctoral programs around the globe. In 2015, alumni of DSSI created the “Dead Sea Scrolls Legacy Scholarship” to recognize the heritage and continuation of Qumran research at Trinity Western University.
News on events, initiatives, opportunities, and publications related to the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute are posted regularly on Twitter and Facebook. The DSSI also hosts regular video content on its YouTube channel, including a full (open-access) introductory lecture series for Qumran studies.
Inquiries on the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program may be sent to the Director of Graduate Admissions or the Director of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program.