2.66: 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 this episode, 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

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Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

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John J. Collins

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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