Ancient reference at the heart of the association of Qumran with the Essenes
The statement by Pliny the Elder that the Essenes lived above Ein Gedi, adjacent to the Dead Sea, has been a matter of contention for those who wish to locate the Essenes at Qumran as well as for those who wish to locate their settlement elsewhere.
The critical term in Pliny's writings is his use of a Latin preposition in describing the location as being, infra hos, which has been correctly translated as “above.” But in what way did he mean this? Was it to be considered in a vertical sense or was there some other directional reference given in his writing that would help us understand the term? Joan E.Taylor has examined this question in detail in a chapter of the latest issue of Dead Sea Discoveries. Taylor’s abstract states:
Opening evening shows how traditional approaches of archaeology still defy postmodern theory
The opening event of the annual gathering of members of the
What was evident was an organization that was fighting back against the tides of post modernism that influences so much in academia today. In his opening remarks, president Eric Meyers of
Norma Kershaw was part of the welcoming committee this evening, as was David Noel Freedman of the
The focus of the evening was a lecture by Jodi Magness, a religious studies professor of at the
Eric Meyers, in a brief discussion during the reception following the meeting spoke to the vitality of the traditional approach to archaeology. According to Meyers, the difficulty is that younger members are too interested in anthropology by itself and won’t consider the textual evidence that needs to be brought into the discussion.
So the first evening ended on a high note with a reception.
Qumran and Dead Sea Scrolls links explained
Robert Cargill, a doctoral student at UCLA is interviewed on Biblioblogs. Links are provided to his project of creating a three dimensional model of
A really useful afternoon in San Diego
The exhibition is in three parts, starting with a general photographic and video introduction to
The museum has naturally anticipated that some periods will have a larger attendance than others. Monday, for instance, is a low attendance period while Sunday afternoon is peak. I’d recommend that you try to attend in one of the low periods. A helpful timetableis provided on the official museum site. The museum has wisely sought to control the number of viewers at any one period, but on a Sunday afternoon, there were just too many people to do justice to viewing. On the other hand it is great to see so many from
I speak of numbers mainly because it is desirable to get as close as possible to the enlarged photographs and documentation of the fragments. The documentation frequently poses a question of the viewer, but unless you can get close enough, it is a forlorn hope to respond. I also question what may have happened to the lighting of the scrolls when I was there. No lighting effectively illuminated the scrolls themselves with the exception of the Copper Scroll. Now, I appreciate that the lighting has to be controlled and limited for the preservation of the documents themselves. But the lack of direct lighting meant that the Scrolls couldn’t be fully appreciated in their own right given the subdued ambient light available in the room.
The Natural History Museum has joined forces with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Dead Sea Scroll Foundation to assemble this display. What is fascinating is that fragments held by the Department of Antiquities of
The exhibition ends with a focus on the interests of those who wrote the scrolls some two thousand years ago. Those issues as to humanity and its place in the universe are as relevant today as they were then. Here at Vision, we seek to address many of those issues.
New considerations about the context of Paul's usage of Torah
The Apostle Paul and his writings have increasingly been of prominence at the annual conference of the Society of Biblical Literature, held each November. Currently, abstracts of papers to be presented this year are being made available. Here is one that is of great interest which was posted today on Torrey Seland on his Philo of Alexandria Blog.
This is a valuable topic as Paul is so often seen and read outside of the Jewish milieu from which he came.
Documents that existed at the time of Jesus and the disciples will be on display in Southern California.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 at Qumran and now belonging to
The display will highlight some 27 different scrolls, 10 of which have never been displayed previously. These include remaining parts of scrolls of Deuteronomy, Isaiah and a Commentary of Job. A number of faculty who teach at San Diego area universities and have been closely associated with the Scrolls will spearhead a lecture series that will run in conjunction with the exhibition.
At the same time, the
Unfortunately, the tour doesn’t allow visitors to search for more artifacts in the caves. However some of the original equipment used in the excavations and recovery of the scrolls will be on display.
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