The Provo International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Technological Innovations, New Texts, and Reformulated Issues


This volume contains the published proceedings of the conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls, held at Provo, Utah, July 15-17, 1996. Forty-three articles, all dealing with various aspects of the Scrolls, are placed under the following divisions: Technology, Editions and Analyses of Texts, The Qumran Community, Calendar, Levi and the Priesthood, Messianism and Eschatology, and Wisdom and Liturgy.
The volume offers the most recent scholarship on a number of issues and topics pertaining to the Qumran community, newly translated biblical and non-biblical texts, and technological advances that assist scholars and researchers in accessing and studying the scrolls.
The section that pertains to technology, for example, focuses on DNA techniques to analyze Scroll fragments and an imaging radar system that has archaeological applications to Qumran and its environs. Another section addresses the question of how and where the Qumranites lived and speaks concerning Qumran names.

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Donald W. Parry, Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature and Language, a member of the international team of editors working on the Dead Sea Scrolls, author or editor of ten books and forty-five articles. Among his published works are Current Research and Technological Developments on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 1996) and he co-authored with Elisha Qimron, The Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsa-a): A New Edition (Brill, 1999).
Eugene W. Ulrich, Ph.D., Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, is Chief Editor of the Biblical Scrolls. One of the translators of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, he has co-edited four volumes in the series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert.
a careful, well-informed, and judicious guide through these treacherous waters, often offering important new insights

Carol A. Newsom, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

All those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, the Hebrew language, biblical studies, Second Temple Jewry, parabiblical texts, and the history of the Essenes.