Jerusalem, 6- 8 July 2008

Sponsored by the Dorot Foundation and the Nussia and André Aisenstadt Foundation
in collaboration with the The Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and
Associated Literature, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

About the Conference


Speakers & Abstracts

International Academic Committee

Organizing Committee

Dorot Foundation

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Second Shrine SLURL


Judith Amselem
Dept. of International Relations
Tel. 02-6708861
Fax 02-6708993


Archive of Conference Webcast

About the Conference

This conference follows up on the 1997 congress held in memory of Joy Gottesman  Ungerleider, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the scrolls' discovery, but with a different emphasis. This time, our aim is to reflect on the progress made in the last ten years and to articulate our hopes for the future of Qumran studies.

The conference program will update us on the most recent developments in scholarly opinion, as we seek to reconceptualize and recontextualize the scrolls in today's world. We will then be ready to address such questions as: how does the public learn about the scrolls; how can we dispel myths and inaccuracies; and how might knowledge of the scrolls be incorporated in related academic research and in educational settings? How should Dead Sea Scroll scholars present their subject, which embraces the study of ancient civilizations, the phenomenology of religion, and the history of both Judaism and Christianity, and is of contemporary relevance and interest to schoolchildren, university students, and the public at large?



The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Orion Center
Dorot Foundations