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.

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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

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John J. Collins

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