Current Research and Technological Developments on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conference on the Texts from the Judean Desert, Jerusalem, 30 April 1995


Editors: Ricks and Donald Parry
This volume of conference papers presents new discoveries, updated information, and technological advances in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Two papers examine the identity of the messiahs in 4Q246 and 4Q521. A thorough analysis of scribal markings in the Dead Sea texts is presented.
Biblical studies include multiple literary editions of biblical texts, the book of Numbers at Qumran, and the appearance of the Tetragrammaton in 4QSamᵃ texts. The notions of judgment and salvation according to Sapiential Work A are thoroughly examined, and the relationship of the six Barki Nafshi texts is carefully considered.
New developments in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies include the Dead Sea Scrolls Database and DNA studies on the scrolls themselves.

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Donald W. Parry, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Hebrew, Brigham Young University. He works as an editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project, assisting Frank Moore Cross with the Samuel texts. Among Parry's published books is Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism
Stephen D. Ricks, Ph.D. (1982) in Near Eastern Religions, University of California at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union, is Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Brigham Young University. He has published on Semitic philology and temples in the Ancient Near East.
Scholars, informed students, and educated laymen of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Hebrew language and literature, Second Temple Judaism, history, and textual criticism.