2.12: What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and why do they matter?

This discussion with John J. Collins covers the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient biblical manuscripts, and the community at Qumran.


In episode 12 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Prof. Collins, Holmes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School, about the question: What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and why do they matter?

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Torah/Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy)
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Daniel
  • Esther
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Chronicles

Recent Publications by Professor John J. Collins

Topics and themes mentioned

  • The Great Isaiah Scroll
  • Canonization
  • The Temple Scroll
  • Qumran Community
  • Ben Sira

Ancient works mentioned

  • Mishnah
  • Rabbinic Corpus
  • Midrash
  • Samaritan Pentateuch/Torah
  • Damascus Document
  • Book of Jubilees
  • Book of Enoch

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

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John J. Collins