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Jewish Studies Lecture, “The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Feb. 12

Date Released: 1/14/2008

The Purchase College Jewish Studies program presents a lecture by world renowned archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness, who will discuss “The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” February 12 at 7:30 PM. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building. For more information, call 914-251-6516.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of over 900 ancient scrolls from caves in the vicinity of the site of Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. Discovered in 1947, the scrolls represent the library of a Jewish sect that lived at Qumran in antiquity.  Dr. Magness’ slide-illustrated lecture will discuss the lifestyle and beliefs of this sect by examining the archaeological remains at Qumran, and the content of the scrolls themselves.

Dr. Magness is an expert on Dead Sea Scrolls archaeology. She holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Magness is an award-winning author as well. Her book The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for Best Popular Book in Archaeology. The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine was awarded the 2006 Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize in the category of non-fiction on the archaeology of Israel. Recently, she has commented about the so-called “Jesus tomb” controversy.

The lecture is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Michael Miller, a longtime supporter of the Humanities at Purchase College.