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Dead Sea Scrolls: Free Video Lecture on Revealing the Dead Sea Scrolls to the World

Taught by Gary A. Rendsburg, Ph.D., New York University, Rutgers University

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Yigael Yadin. Hartmut Stegemann. Mr. Green.

As unfamiliar as these names may be to most people, they are three of the many people who played a role in translating the Dead Sea Scrolls after their initial discovery at Qumran in 1947. These men, along with countless other scholars, archaeologists, translators, and even literary critics, worked tirelessly over the next several decades to decipher the scrolls—some of them mere fragments, others stretching an astounding 10 yards.

To follow the story of how the Dead Sea Scrolls were first translated and interpreted is to witness the great lengths to which scholars will go to learn new insights into the mysteries of the past. It’s a tale filled with controversial publications, scrolls squirreled away in shoeboxes, a revealing New Yorker essay, and a six-day-long war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. More important, it’s a tale whose conclusion revolutionized our understanding of ancient Jewish history.

In Revealing the Dead Sea Scrolls to the World, you learn

  • how some of the original documents first came into the hands of scholars;
  • how the first series of scrolls were transcribed and translated; and
  • a few of the many insights learned from work done on the important Temple Scroll.

Watch this free video lecture to learn how a team of international scholars introduced this fascinating discovery to the world.

Revealing the Dead Sea Scrolls to the World is delivered by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg. Dr. Rendsburg holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. An expert in the history of ancient Israel and the literature of the Bible, he has spent several decades immersed in the study and exploration of Qumran, as well as other sites in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. Professor Rendsburg is the author and coauthor of more than 120 scholarly articles and six books, including The Bible and the Ancient Near East.

Feel free to send the link to this video lecture to family or friends who might enjoy it; the lecture is free for them as well!


Paul Suijk
The Teaching Company

P.S. Explore the courses on the right to discover even more insights into what archaeology and scholarship reveal about the ancient history of Judaism, Christianity, and other world religions!

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