Scribes between Sources and Scripture: Ancient Jewish Traditions In and After the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

Academic Events
03/23/2020 - 00:00 to 03/24/2020 - 00:00
Trinity Western University
Richmond Campus
Richmond, BC

Location: Trinity Western University, Richmond Campus

Event Synopsis: The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) provided both new texts and fresh contexts to explore the formation, transmission, and reception of ancient Judaism’s literary heritage. Ongoing studies on these materials revealed that the scribal cultures represented among the Qumran collection both drew upon and contributed to developing authoritative traditions. They navigated and reinvigorated ancestral discourses, encountered and integrated traditions of their larger cultural contexts, and updated and extended a broad set of scriptures for new generations and ever-changing communities. The program includes an international group of scholar who will use the Aramaic DSS as a launching point to: discover what these writings reveal about the scope of sources at play in the pre-canonical period, gain new insights into the scribal strategies used to adapt and develop them, and rethink the evidence for reception of Aramaic traditions in other literatures or movements.

The event is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities in Ancient Judaism at Trinity Western University.

Registration: We invite local scholars and advanced students interested the intersection of the DSS with the thought and literature of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity. Registration will include: a conference packet, full attendance at program sessions, as well as lunch and refreshment breaks on both days. To remove cost barriers to attendance, registration fees are subsidized by the Canada Research Chair in Religious Identities of Ancient Judaism. Space is limited, so please register promptly.